Obituaries October 15, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Martha Bryant
HOULKA – Martha Jo “Sissy” Bryant, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at the Courtyards Nursing Facility in Fulton. She was born July 10, 1931, in Chickasaw County to Rice W. Bryant and Bessie Sansing Bryant. She lived in Chickasaw County until moving to Fulton in February 2005. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed watching television and being with her family and friends. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home chapel in Fulton with Bro. Mike Yielding officiating. Burial will be in the Williams Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include one sister, Betty McTune (Larry) of the Evergreen community; two brothers, Ed Bryant of California and Curtis Bryant (Maxine) of Houlka; one sister-in-law, Betty Bryant of Hueytown, Ala.; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Wayne Bryant, Maurice Bryant, Rice Bryant Jr. and Delaine Bryant; one sister-n-law, Ruby Bryant.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Mary Simpson
NESBIT – Mary Kathryn Russell Simpson, 93, formerly of New Albany, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto County in Southaven. She was born May 18, 1918, in Union County to Jessie and Ruby Mayes Jordan Russell. She was a retired beautician and enjoyed fixing hair. She liked working with flowers and enjoyed nature, especially feeding birds, squirrels and other animals. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter, Aleatha Kay Holland (Larry) of Nesbit; one nephew, Charles Wayne Russell; two stepgrandchildren, Eddie Holland (Kary) of Destin, Fla., and Beth Grinder (David) of Nashville; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Lauren Holland, Courtney Holland, Amy Grinder and Lacy Grinder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Simpson, and a brother, Charles N. Russell.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, 200 E. Bankhead St., New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Mary Ann Beckwith
WEST POINT – Mary Ann Dahlem Beckwith, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born June 14, 1947, in Aberdeen to Eva Lee Willis Mask Dahlem and Collie Kristopher Dahlem. She worked on the support staff as a secretary for Watkins, Ward Stafford CPA from July 1982 until August 2011. She was of the Baptist faith. She was a graduating member of the Class of 1965 at Aberdeen High School. She loved her cats and dogs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery near Aberdeen. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Leslie Dawn Bolton (Scott) of West Point; one son, De La Beckwith VIII (Cindy) of Columbus; three grandchildren, Victoria Ashley Beckwith, Zachary Peyton Beckwith and Brandon Scott Bolton; one sister, Jewel Hazelwood (John Ralph) of West Point; one brother-in-law, Elton Weeks of Wichita, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy “Peaches” Weeks.
Pallbearers will be Mike Boolos, Brandon Bolton, Billy Buck Staggers, Harry Stevens, Lawrence Brantley, Byron De La Beckwith Jr., Glen Cunningham and Kale Terry.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Stahl, Paul Ray, Dr. Keven Hayes, Dr. Wail Alnas, all her friends at Watkins, Ward Stafford CPA, the staff of Community Hospice and the staff of Baptist Cancer Institute.
Memorials may be made to West Point Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773 or to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, 107 Skeet Drive, Verona, MS 38879-9702.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Louise Graves
ASHLAND – Annie Louise Graves, 81, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Farrah O’Toole
IUKA – Farrah Frazier O’Toole, 25, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church and a 2005 graduate of Tishomingo County High School. She enjoyed her job as a cosmetologist, but most of all, loved spending time with her family and children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Stanley Magill officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Shawn O’Toole of Iuka; her parents, Ed and Amy Jones Moore, and Rodney Frazier, all of Iuka; her grandparents, Connie Ray and Elizabeth Jones of Iuka, Karen and Earl Garner of Iuka, and Donald Frazier of Tennessee; her great-grandmother, Dora Morris; two sons, Josh Guinn and Preston O’Toole, both of Iuka; one daughter, Katelynn Guinn of Iuka; two brothers, Corey Moore of Elkin, N.C., and Gregory Moore of Iuka; two sisters, Cecelia Moore of Elkin, N.C., and Bailey Frazier of Iuka; one nephew, Ayden Cochran of Elkin, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul and Sally Moore, and her great-grandparents, Forrest Morris, and Laura and Thomas Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Yellow Creek Baptist Church Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Sarah Pipkin
NEW ALBANY – Sarah Elizabeth Pipkin, 76, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born July 8, 1935, in Union County to Fred and Willie Mae Davis Fooshee. She was a homemaker and a member of Bald Hill Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Scott Doles officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park in New Albany.
She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Dallas Pipkin; two daughters, Judy Sneed and Amanda Haynie, both of New Albany; three sons, Phil Pipkin of Memphis, Steve Pipkin and Jonathan Martin, both of New Albany; one brother, Bill Fooshee of New Albany; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Fooshee, and two granddaughters, Sarah Ann and Kara Elizabeth Pipkin.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Wanda Hammac
CORINTH – Wanda Hammac, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Apostolic Church of Booneville. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will follow the service at the church.

Jack Gosa
WREN – Jack Gosa, 88, died on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Dec. 24, 1922, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late William Clarence Gosa and Myrtie Lee Tate Gosa Best. He married Oddie Ree Buchanan on May 21, 1948. For more than 30 years, he had worked at the local Chevrolet dealership, retiring when it was Larry Clark Chevrolet. Receiving many honors from Chevrolet, Cadillac and Oldsmobile while working, Mr. Gosa was proud of the fact that he still holds the record for selling the most cars in one month. He was an elder at Wren Presbyterian Church and a Mason. A man who shared what was on his mind, he enjoyed storytelling and sharing stories about selling cars, squirrel hunting, working his catfish lakes, farming, and playing cards and dominoes with his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Gosa Tate (Brad) and grandson, Tyler Tate, of Amory; sisters, Cleta Mae Harmon of Amory and Verna Mae Williams of Woodson, Texas; brothers, Max Gosa of Hamilton and Andy Gosa of Smithville.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, William “Son” Gosa.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Danny C. Burks officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Wamble, Dennis Thompson, Al Stephens, Harold Sanders, Robert Buchanan and Ricky Reynolds. Honorary pallbearer will be Larry Clark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

James Murphy
BOONEVILLE – James Murphy, 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a factory worker and a Baptist.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Young Murphy of Booneville; one daughter, Danielle Murphy of Saltillo; two sons, Justin Murphy and Brandon Murphy, both of Fulton; two sisters, Mary Lou Cohen of Booneville and Linda Lantz of Minooka, Ill.; four grandchildren, Sean Michael Murphy, Ava B. Murphy, Cierra Hilt and Patrick Colburn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter H. and Jessie Beck Murphy; one son, James R. Murphy Jr.; and one brother, Jr. Murphy.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday.

Grace J. Soden
AMORY – Grace J. Soden, 95, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Nettleton Pentecostal Church.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Hazel Shelby
ASHLAND – Hazel Marie Campbell Shelby, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Grant, Ala., to Arble J. and Ola Mae Elkins Campbell. She was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland with Bro. Brad Hill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janie M. Hutson and Jean B. Zorzoli, both of Ashland; two sons, Billy T. Davis of Eads, Tenn., and Bobby A. Davis of Albertville, Ala.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Milton Shelby; her parents; one daughter, Joan D. Helms; and one brother, Sherman Campbell.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Johnson, Tommy Cook, Shelby Singleton, Jeff Huddleston, Ricky Davis and Dale Singleton.
Visitation will be from 7 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 3733 Pleasant Hill Road, Ashland, MS 38603.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Howie Murphy
RIPLEY – Howard Dennison “Howie” Murphy, 16, died Thursday, Oct. 13,2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Aug. 3, 1995, to Amy Murphy and Howard Murphy, III. He was a sophmore at Ripley High School and an employee of McDonald’s. He enjoyed running 5K runs for many charitable events.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Earl Wilson and Bro. Samuel Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Amy Carolyn Butler Murphy (Kevin Straver) of Ripley; his father, Howard Murphy III of Fulton; his grandparents, Carolyn Butler and Thomas E. Butler of Fulton, and Lola Akers and Rubin Akers of Bexar, Ala.; a host of aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Corey Wade, Ozzie Airada, Kevin Straver and James Straver. Honorary pallbearers will be Ripley High School sophmore class.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Sherry Law
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Sherry Law, 52, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born June 25, 1959, in Monroe County, Ala., to Eva Mae Patterson Cantrell and the late George Wallace Mangum. She was a member of Full Gospel Worship Center in Vernon, Ala. She attended Bevil State Community College and graduated from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Mrs. Law worked as the administrator of River Place Nursing Home in Amory. She previously worked as a social worker at Generations of Vernon and Beverly Healthcare in Amory, and as an administrator at Vineyard Court in Columbus. She enjoyed reading, hunting and racing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Full Gospel Worship Center in Vernon, Ala. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Howard Law of Greenwood Springs; her mother, Eva Mae Cantrell, and stepfather, Gene Cantrell, of Sulligent, Ala.; three sons, Jason (Brandi) Law of Clearwater, Fla., Earl (Katheryn) Cunningham of Gattman and David (Sherry) Cunningham of Sulligent, Ala.; one daughter, Megan (Anthony) Reese of Aberdeen; her grandchildren, David Cunningham Jr., Austin Vinson, Emmah Roden and Elle Roden; and two sisters, Betty Herdal and Barbara Stockman of Sulligent, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Wallace Mangum, and a sister, Agnes Magnum.
Pallbearers will be Jason Law, Earl Cunningham, David Cunningham, Andy Sloan, Zack Hawkins, Justin Hawkins and Tony Woodman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.

Alex Chapman
OKOLONA – Alex Chapman died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Ouida Johnson
VERONA – Ouida Rae Johnson, 86, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at her son’s residence in Tupelo. She was born in Kemper County on May 5, 1925, to Lawrence E. and Mary Elizabeth Barker. She was a dorm mother at Blue Mountain College, where she was affectionately known as “Mamaw.” She was an active and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Verona, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and worked with the Sunbeams and the GA’s. She loved her family, her church, sewing, gardening and cooking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Lowell Johnson and Rev. Jason Marlin officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Rev. Lowell Johnson (Sherry) of Tupelo; three daughters, Amelda Armstrong of Verona, Darleene Stovall (Larry) of Murphreesboro, Tenn., and Delba Marlin (Jerry) of Dorsey; eight grandchildren, Tim Johnson, Cristy Walter (Steve), Matt Armstrong (Amy), Traci Cobb (Joe), Jodie Stovall (Brandie), Alayna Jordan (Tim), Rev. Jason Marlin (Sarah) and John-Michael Marlin (Kelly); 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil F. Johnson; her parents; her daughter-in-law, Janice Johnson; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Tim Johnson, Matt Armstrong, John-Michael Marlin, Steve Walter, Joe Cobb and Wayne Kelly.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Price
MEMPHIS – Bobby Lee Price, 51, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be Sunday at the funeral home.

James Harrington Jr.
HICKORY FLAT – James Harrington Jr., 73, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Larry Pipkin
NEW ALBANY – Larry Pipkin, 62, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Marguerite Kennedy
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Marguerite Smith Kennedy, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Care in Corinth. She was born in Ripley.
Services were Thursday, Oct. 13, at Rogers Springs Church of Christ. Burial was in Rogers Springs Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar, Tenn., were in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests memorials be sent to the Rogers Springs Church of Christ.
For more information, visit www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com.

Martha Hinds
MANTACHIE – Martha Elizabeth “Sis” Hinds 84, of the Ratliff community, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Ira and Vera McCarthy Warren. She is a retired employee of Mantachie Manufacturing and a former site manager for the Senior Citizen Center in Mantachie. She and her husband owned and operated Hinds Grocery in the Ratliff community. She was a dedicated member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and song director for many years. A loving mother and grandmother, she loved playing dominoes and tending to her flowers and plants.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Hugh Duzza, Bro. Rodney Lindsay and Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Guyton Hinds (Carla) of Ratliff; a granddaughter, Rylee Elizabeth Hinds; sisters-in-law, Pat Warren of Birmingham Ridge and Genell Elliff of Biggersville; nieces, Charlene Campbell (Larry) and Dama Irby of Birmingham Ridge, and Dana Peters of Plantersville; nephews, Bill Warren of Mooreville, Hartis Ray Hinds of Biggersville and Guy Posey of Ratliff.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Hershel Hinds; brothers, Charles Warren and Billy Warren.
Pallbearers will be nephews and grand-nephews, Hartis Ray Hinds, Guy Posey, Larry Campbell, Bill Warren, Frank Campbell, Brad Campbell and Jeremy Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Oak Grove Church.
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Mantachie.

John Weaver
WOODLAND – John Daniel Weaver, 52, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born July 6, 1959, in Houston. He was an employee of Trace Industries and a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Houston Funeral Home with John Dendy, Dr. Randy Rinehart and Rev. Michael Holcomb officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Weaver of Woodland; his mother, Sarah Ann “Chicken” Miller Moore and John A.”Pap” Moore of Houston; his father, Johnny Mack Weaver and Elizabeth Weaver of Houston; his daughters, Kimberly Uhiren, Katie Miller and Justin Miller, all of Woodland; his grandchildren, Britney Holt, Heather Holt, Blake Uhiren and Kaylee Grace Miller; his sister, Julie Kate Hollingsworth and Jeff Hollingsworth of Houston; brother, Jeff “Redman” Weaver and Kathy Weaver of Woodland; his stepbrothers and stepsisters, Ricky Moore, Tim Moore, Ann Moore Smith, Lynn Sullivan, Helen Tabb, Tyrell Davis, Hamp Hollingsworth and Robbie Hollingsworth.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Son Weaver and Johnnie Weaver, and Charlie Miller and Kate Miller.
Pallbearers are Gene Griggs Jr., Scott Weaver, Steve Pate, Jon Arledge, Tim Allen, Tony Uhiren, Robbie Weaver and Billy Alford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to service Sunday at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Ida Campbell
OXFORD – Ida Campbell, 88, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.