Obituaries October 12, 2013

Wilford Johnson

Funeral services for Wilford Brant “Bud” Johnson, age 89, of Corinth, will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at three o’clock in the afternoon at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors, with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery in Corinth. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral services.

Bud, as he was affectionately known, was born April 22, 1944, in Corinth, to the late Prentiss and Nelle Johnson. He was united in marriage to Jean Taylor, who preceded him in death on May 1, 2012, after having celebrated 64 years together. Mr. Johnson served his country very honorably during World War II by serving in the Army Infantry, even being wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, earning him a Purple Heart as well as three Bronze Stars. After returning home from the war, Mr. Johnson began his almost 60-year span in the used car business, over 30 of which were spent in partnership with his brother, Max. Bud had customers who purchased as many as 25 or more vehicles from him.

Mr. Johnson died Thursday evening, Oct. 10, 2013, at The Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Dale Ables (Jess) of Corinth and Tony Johnson (Marilyn) of Newnan, Ga.; his sister, Wanza Gray of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Donna McDonald; a sister, Manelle Blackwood; and his brother, Max Johnson.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Bud be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude/tribute.org) or The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Condolences for the family or personal memories of Mr. Johnson may be left online at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Arrangements are in the care of McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.

Jerry Russell

PONTOTOC – Jerry Lynn Russell, 64, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a five-year battle with cancer. He was born May 29, 1949, to Herman Lynson Russell and Nellie Ruth Hale Russell in Union County. He graduated from Hurricane High School and served eight years in the Mississippi National Guard.

He married Barbara Dillard on Jan. 26, 1969, and they shared almost 45 years together. He was an employee of the City of Pontotoc for 34 years before retiring due to his health. He was a fireman and served as assistant chief for many years. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church for over 40 years where he was a deacon. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who always put his family first. He loved all things outdoors. He enjoyed nurturing hummingbirds, flowers and especially roses. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses and motorcycles. He was a kind, quiet, humble Christian man who was an inspiration to many, especially during his illness. He never complained, never stopped fighting and always had a smile on his face.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at West Heights Baptist Church with burial at Baldwin Nowell Memorial Gardens. Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Dan Young will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church today, Oct. 12, from 5 until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A special fireman’s final salute will honor his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Russell; daughters, Amy Passmore and Allison Armstrong; grandchildren, Logan and Kaitlyn Passmore, and Cade and Conner Armstrong, all of Pontotoc, sisters, Delores Mason (Mel) of Paducah, Ky., and Miriam Staten (Rex) of Pontotoc. Survivors also include his mother-in-law, Mavis Robbins, sisters-in-law, Kay Akers and Lisa Foster, and brother-in-law, Dennis Dillard, all of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents and father-in-law, Wayne Dillard.

Pallbearers will be Steve Russell, Barry Carnes, Bobby Forman, Mike Spears, Vaughn Long and Ken Roye. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his beloved Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to West Heights Baptist Church and to Pink Heals Breast Cancer Chapter c/o Pontotoc Fire Dept., 116 S. Main St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

Hollis Thorn

PEACEFUL VALLEY – William Hollis Thorn, 92, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Jan. 5, 1921, in Itawamba County to Marshall and Dera Rollins Thorn. He was a lifelong resident of Peaceful Valley. He was a cattle and tree farmer, and a member of East Fulton Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the Phillipines. He earned several medals including two Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantry badge, and a Bronze Service Star. He was a true conservationist, always believing land should be left for the next generation in better condition than it was found. He served many years as a committeeman for the ASCS.

Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dewitt Bain and Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Mildred Hargett Thorn, and one son, Wayne Thorn (Leatrice), both of Peaceful Valley; two grandsons, Eric Thorn (Kim) of Peaceful Valley and Steve Prestridge of Saltillo; and two sisters, Opal Lynch of Kentwood, Mich., and Vonie Wellnitz of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Johnny Mac Thorn; a daughter-in-law, Kaye Smith Thorn; four sisters, Ruth Moon, Ella Mae Filorama, Lottie Quammen and Edna Pate Pounders; and three brothers, Edgar, Herman and Homer Thorn.

Pallbearers will be Eric Thorn, Steve Prestridge, Barry Green, David Archie, Steve Moore and Paul Morrow.

Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Thorn, James Davis and Ernie Ray McMillen.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Fulton Baptist Church, 1200 E. Main St., Fulton, MS 38843.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Josie Vaughn

OXFORD – Josie Vaughn, 82, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Robert L. Gray

TUPELO – Robert L. Gray, 31, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2931, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Willis F. Smith

HICKORY FLAT – Willis F. Smith, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Hickory Flat. He was born June 10, 1932, in Benton County to Harrison and Lou Ellis McNiel Smith. He was a former employee of International Harvester, an Army veteran of the Korean War and a Methodist.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 12, at McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Bro. Neal Vick will officiate. Burial will follow. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mabaleen Reed Smith of Hickory Flat; a daughter, Debra Rogers (David); a son-in-law, James Mardis of Hickory Flat; a sister, Betty Boren of Hickory Flat; grandchildren, Cheryl Roberson of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Collin Mills and Cavin Mills, both of Hickory Flat; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly J. Mardis.

Marjorie Tucker

FULTON – Marjorie F. Tucker, 85, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born Nov. 20, 1927, to Erie Vaughn and Inez Wheeler Smith in Fulton. She was a member of Beans Ferry Church of Christ for 67-plus years. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 49 years, Randell Tucker, before his death in 1996. She loved going to church, working in the yard, singing, shopping and dining out.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Steve Shappley officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.

She is survived by three daughters, Lana (Eddie) Holder of Fulton, Mitzie (Donald) Mitchell of Belmont and Cindy Belcher of Fulton; one son, Randy Tucker of Fulton; four granddaughters, Alisha (Chad) Wilson of Golden, Sonya Marbry of Tupelo, Marlena (Jospeh) Bain of Bassfield and Cortney (Dustin) Gasaway of Nettleton; seven grandsons, Chris (Tova) Holder and Gabriel (Tiffany) Holder, both of Fulton, Greg (Kerri) Mitchell of Belmont, Cody Tucker of Fulton and Dylan Tucker, Dakota Tucker and Ethan Tucker, all of Hot Springs, Ark.; 16 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Billy (Lou) Smith of Arlington, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randell Tucker; her parents, Erie Vaughn and Inez Wheeler Smith; one granddaughter, Amy Michelle Holder; one great-granddaughter, Karly Ann Holder; two sisters, Lois Umfress and Johnnie Mattox; and a brother, Hubert Smith.

Pallbearers will be Chris Holder, Gabriel Holder, Chad Wilson, Greg Mitchell, Jonathan Bain and Cody Tucker.

Her remaining grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

James Brown Jr.

BOONEVILLE – James L. Brown Jr., 77, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at home as a result of a four-wheeler accident. He was born May 8, 1936, to James L. Brown Sr. and Eula Mae Moss Brown. He was a retired agriculture teacher, having taught at McClain, Hatley and Jumpertown High Schools. He attended New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Whitley and Turner Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the Forked Oak Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Melody (Eddie) McCraney of Birmingham; one son, James L. (Sarah) Brown III; his mother, Eula Mae Brown of Booneville; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Brown of Greenwood Springs; three brothers, Dwight (Mary Ruth) Brown and Tony (Louise) Brown, both of Booneville, and Dennis (Regenia) Brown of Corinth; and five grandchildren, Lareina Brown, Connor Brown, Kathryn Brown, Taylee and D.J.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Brown; his father, James L. Brown Sr.; a son, William David Brown; a brother, Robert Lee Brown; and a nephew, Steven Brown.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Artenchy Williams Jr.

OXFORD – Artenchy Williams Jr., 62, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at noon Sunday, Oct. 13, at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the funeral home.

Margie Logan

ABBEVILLE – Margie Ree Logan, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Abbeville. A native of Abbeville, she was the daughter of Judge Logan and Mary Ella Logan. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville, where she was an usher, membership secretary, Sunday school teacher, choir member, lay speaker, administrative board secretary and member of United Methodist Women. She was a caregiver for a lot of people in her community.

A celebration of life service will be at noon Monday, Oct. 14, at Providence United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bobby Daily will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Lee Brown of Abbeville; one son, Curtis Brown of Davenport, Iowa; one brother, Raymond Logan of Abbeville; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Kimberly Carter

SALTILLO – Kimberly Wilkerson Carter, 50, formerly of Selma, Ala., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, after a brief illness. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She thoroughly enjoyed her work as a home health nurse with Gentiva Hospice.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Carter; son, Chase (Jeanna) Jackson; daughter, Lindsey (Jon) Walker; stepchildren, Brian (LeAnn) Carter, Brandie Ling, Jared Carter, Nikkie Carter and Garrett Carter; stepgrandchildren, Emily Kate and Lauren Carter, JC and Bailey Ling, Kaylee and Alex Wilkinson; her mother, Virginia Wilkerson Harris; sister, Judy (Jim) Saye’; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Wilkerson; grandmother, Martha Roberts; and brother, Kenneth Wilkerson.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel in Birmingham. Ridout’s is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at www.ocrf.org.

Helen Marion

HOLLY SPRINGS – Helen Maize Isom Marion, 78, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Spring Hill M.B. Church Cemetery in Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.

Beatrice Jackson

WALNUT – Lillie Beatrice Renfrow Jackson, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 12, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 7 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at noon.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

George Chandler

AUSTIN, Texas – George Chandler, 98, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home in Austin, Texas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Johnson Creek M.B. Church at Pheba. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lisa Norris

OXFORD – Lisa Jane Whitworth Norris, 48, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at her home near Oxford.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 12, at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Interment will be in the Garden of Memories located at Coleman Funeral Home. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Tennessee Children’s Home, P.O. Box 10, Spring Hill, TN 37179; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217; of the Oxford Church of Christ, 409 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Elsie Parish

OKOLONA – Elsie Marie Parish, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at her home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Carnation Baptist Church in Okolona. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ruth Broadway

IUKA – Ruth Irene Welch Broadway, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Tishomingo Community Living Center.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Hubbard Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Henry Crothers

ABERDEEN – Henry L. “Tippy” Crothers, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Prairie.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 12, at Baptist Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Mae McGee

OXFORD – Mae R. “Chunk” McGee, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Smith Chapel CME Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Miron Norman

CORINTH – Miron Norman, 55, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Golden Living Care Home in Ripley after an extended illness.

Services will be at noon Monday, Oct. 14, at Pleasant Grove Dennistown Church. Burial will be in Alcorn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.