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 today, 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 from 1:30 p.m. until service time today. 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.
OKOLONA – Elsie Marie Parish, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at her residence. Born Dec. 3, 1942, in Hamilton, she was a daughter of Carl and Mary Pennington Crump. She married Wayne Parish in 1972.
A graduate of Hamilton High School, she honorably served her country in the U.S. Army, receiving a degree as a registered nurse. After serving in the Army, she worked in numerous hospitals for nearly 20 years. Her love for her husband and family was only surpassed by her love for the Lord. She was a member of Carnation Baptist Church. She enjoyed gospel singings and being with family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Carnation Baptist Church with Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Coontail Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wayne Parish; sons, Cecil Smith, Steven Trest (Michelle)of Pontotoc, Rickey Trest (Lillie) of San Antonio, Texas, Donnie Parish (Julie) of Montana and Daniel Parish (Elizabeth) of Quincy; sister, Sandra Poole of Hamilton; brother, Wayne Crump (Brenda) of Lackey; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Guy Autry, Randy Parker, Jimmy Bailey, Mike Dela Rosa, Robert Cullpepper and Carl Wayne Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Ladies Sunday School Class and WMU of Carnation Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church and will continue until service time Tuesday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Rosa “Bludy” Adkins, 81, of Iuka, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Bobby Gene Mabry died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter Mortuary.
Johnny W. Miller
SALTILLO – Johnny W. Miller, 55, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Jan. 6, 1958, to Mose Miller Sr. and Millie Schrock Miller in Aberdeen. He was a member and minister of Hill’s Chapel Church of Christ. He enjoyed spending quality time with his grandchildren, to whom he was known as “Bop Bop.” He enjoyed his birds, gardening, and most important to him, studying the Bible.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Church of Christ Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Miller of Saltillo; two sons, Adam (Suzanne) Miller of Saltillo and Dustin (Candy) Miller of Saltillo; two grandsons, Hunter Miller of Saltillo and Carson Miller of Saltillo; one granddaughter, Liddy Miller of Saltillo; two sisters, Annette (Roy) Miller of Lackey and Martha Youngstrom of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Mose (Shirley) Miller Jr. of Hamilton and Alvin (Alice) Miller of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mose and Millie Miller; brother, LeRoy Miller; and his father and mother-in-law, James and Syble Summers.
Pallbearers will be Hunter Miller, Carson Miller, Shane Turner, Ron Turner, Bruce Summers, Craig Waddle, Ryan Enlow and David Summers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Men of Hill’s Chapel Church of Christ.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
CORINTH – Eunice “Kathy” Burkeens, 61, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at McPeters, Inc. Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery in Glen. McPeters, Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. A detailed obituary to follow.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Bonnie Lou Hurley, 53, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
VARDAMAN – Martha Jean Chandler, 68, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at her residence in Maben. She was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Calhoun City. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a former employee of Puralator where she was a supervisor.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 13, at Parker memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Byron Davis officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Slate Springs. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughter, Connie Moore (Terry) of Cumberland; granddaughter, Michelle Dobbins (Tony) of Cumberland; three great-grandchildren, Lexy, Christen and Madison; and a longtime friend and companion, Jerry Fowler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Vernie Valandingham Hughes; a brother, David Hughes; and her husband, Thomas Chandler.
Pallbearers will be Tim Cross, Walter Davis, Charles Dobbins, Brandon Fowler, Chris Hughes and Gary Kellum.
Honoary pallbearer will be Robert Hughes.
Online condolence may be accessed at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
WEST POINT – Victor Chism, 72, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. He was born June 10, 1941, in Monroe County to Miriam Roberts Chism and Albert Doyle Chism. He was a dye setter for Blazon Flexible Flyer for 35 years and was of the Penetecostal faith. He married Eunice Oswalt Chism on June 5, 1965, in West Point.
Visitation with a gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. There will be a private family graveside service. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Oswalt Chism; two daughters, Tammy Whitehead and Lisa Pickett (Jason), all of West Point; five grandchildren, Carla Hudson (Jacob), Jessica Whitehead, Elizabeth Wilson, Amber Wilson and Allison Pickett; one great-granddaughter, Sarah Kay-Lynn Hudson; two sisters, Linda Miller (Bobby) of West Point and Hilda Berry (Harold) of Columbus; and one brother, Lynn Chism of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Lynn Chism Wilson; grandson, Douglas Adam Whitehead; and two brothers, Donald Chism and Albert Dale Chism
Pallbearers will be John Oswalt, Danny Huffman, Kevin Huffman, Tim Vaughn, Brian Norton and Jacob Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Everett McKibben and the staff of OCH, Johnny Oswalt, Jimmy Oswalt, Terry Holloway, Tom Nolen and Jerry Nolen.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Carl Marion Butler, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born May 10, 1939, to Albert Butler and Mittie Reynolds Butler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 32 Degree Mason. He worked for CCA/Jefferson Smurffit Box Factory as maintenance supervisor. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He loved John Deere tractors, farming and being outdoors.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Freddie Johnson and the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Marie Butler of Myrtle; a daughter, Cheryl Butler Presley (Steve) of Southaven; two sons, Ricky Butler (Donna) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Joe Kizer (Carla) of Myrtle; three sisters, Mary Reed of Mountain View, Ark., Ollie Bell Floyd of Myrtle and Geraldine Lucas of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Butler (Mary Lou) of Myrtle; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Butler, Matt Kizer, Jason Kizer, Stephen Tucker, Jimmy Hognat and Steve Presley.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the church.
In honor of Mr. Butler’s service to his country, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
PONTOTOC – Norma Gale Terry Lowry, 65, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She worked as a cook at Shannon Elementary School and as a cook/waitress at Nonie’s Truckstop. She was also a factory worker for many years. She enjoyed church, gospel singings, being outdoors and spending time with family.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Mitchell Morphis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughter, Jessica (Chris) Mims of Tupelo; son, James “Tony” (Tammie) Enis of Grenada; stepdaughters, Christy Sullivan and Sonya Howell of Shannon; grandchildren, Terrence Harris, Christopher Mims II, Eric McGloflin, Tiffany McGloflin, David “D.J.” McGloflin, Cayden Howell, Bryce Howell, Levi Howell and Lexie Davis; sister, Carol Russell of Pontotoc; brother, Delaine Terry of Pontotoc; stepmother, Lillene Ballard of Shannon; and special friends, Sherrilon Doss, Elizabeth Lanee, Bonnie and John.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James “Rooster” Lowry and Tom Sanders; father, Dessie Terry; mother, Bernice Henry; sister, Corinne Box; and brother, Jessie Wayne Terry.
Pallbearers will be Michael Whitehead, James McGregor, Collin McGregor, Jake McGregor, Randy Box and Josh Calderon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Morris and Mike McGregor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
James N. Ballard Jr.
OKOLONA – James Nash Ballard Jr., 79, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in route to North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1934, in Lee County to Nash Ballard Sr. and Dovie Taylor Ballard. As a youngster during the Korean Conflict, he served honorably in the U.S. Army. He worked early in life for the Lyric Theatre and 78 Drive Inn and spent most of his working life in maintenance for several local concerns. A longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church near Plantersville, he had lived most of his life in Lee County except for a few years in Memphis and the last five years south of Okolona near his daughter. He enjoyed collecting knives, was an avid conversationalist and always showed interest in his family and friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Lowell Johnson officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his two daughters, Barbara Ballard Benson and husband, Randy of Brewer and Debbie Ballard Bowen and husband, Leslie of Okolona; the mother of his daughters, Nona Wayne Huffman McBunch of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Angela Smith (Chris), Scott Benson, Lance Bowen (Lorri), Shane Bowen (Heather) and Derek Bowen (Vanessa), 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; his sister, Joan Bennett (Charlie) of Nettleton; and his brother, William “Billy” Ballard of the Tater Hills Community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nash and Dovie Ballard; and his wife, Margaret Ballard on Jan. 12, 2013.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday, all at Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOONEVILLE – Maxine McDougal Loveless, 90, of Booneville, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at home. She was born Jan. 14, 1923, to John and Algie Medlin McDougal. She retired from Farm Bureau after 32 years of service and was a member of Forked Oak Baptist Church.
A celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Ralph Culp and Claude Wilemon officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Doretta Loveless Blythe of East Port; two sisters, Ruth McDougal Welch of Henderson, Tenn. and Lela Cunningham Gamble of Iuka; two grandsons, Brad (Jessica) Blythe and Derrick (Lynn) Blythe, both of Booneville; four great-grandchildren, Brandon (Jet) Blythe, Chelsea Blythe, Morgan Blythe and Taylor Blythe, all of Booneville; and one great-great-grandson, Braiden Blythe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy B. Loveless; her parents; five sisters, Mary Sue McDougal Byram, Betty Jo Lambert, Verda Mae Harper, Blanch Gray and Hazel Ozbirn; and four brothers, Earl McDougal, James McDougal, Dan Winfield and Ezra McDougal.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Charles Rowe died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Billy F. Kennedy
RIENZI – Billy F. Kennedy, 77, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be held at a later date. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.