Obituaries October 20, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bessie Kerr
COLUMBUS – Bessie Lee Kerr, 98, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born June 5, 1914, in Union County to Rice A. Smithey and Velma Archer Smithey. She moved to Columbus in 1970 to be near her son, Lee Ulys Denton, and family. In 1987, she became a resident of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services at Trinity Place in Columbus. She was first married to Ulys Tracy Denton of Myrtle and Blue Mountain, who was the father of her two children. She was later married to James W. Kerr of Myrtle and Crocker, Mo.
Services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Father Vince Burns officiated. Burial was in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Martha Virginia Denton Gregory (Sonny); three granddaughters, Leigh Ann Denton (Earl) of Aberdeen, Leslie Lea Denton Weeks (Wyatt) of Winfield, Ala., and Jeanie Gregory Russell (Dean) of Blue Mountain; great-granddaughter, Emily Cecilia Connell of Aberdeen; two half sisters, Jamie Smithey Ellis (Sonnie) of Tupelo and Mooreville and Virginia Ann Ponders (Carl) of Plantersville; half brother, Rice Smithey Jr. (Monica) of Plantersville; daughter-in-law, Erma Denton Sanders (Gilbert Sanders Jr.) of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; son, Lee Ulys Denton; sister, Ina Smithey Denton (Will); and half brother, Johnnie Frank Smithey.

Tom Baker
OXFORD – Thomas “Tom” Baker, 70, died on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Springdale Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Springdale Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Springdale Freewill Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springdale Freewill Baptist Church, c/o Edith Dooley, 355 CR 425, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Guss Shelly
AMORY – The Rev. Guss J. Shelly, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Myrtle Holt
NETTLETON – Myrtle May Roberson Holt, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. Born in Weakley County, Tenn., to Toby Tammer Roberson and Effie Godwin Roberson, she lived most of her adult life in the Shannon and Nettleton area. A homemaker, she was devoted to her large family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all their friends. She was a master gardener with a green thumb, noted for her roses, and a great cook, known for large meals with family and neighbors. She enjoyed conversations, and baby-sitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as “Mammie.”
A celebration of life service will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Dudley and Sis. Lucy Nash officiating. Private burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery east of Nettleton. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to service time today at Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include her daughters, Zola Wren and Helen J. Lamb (Bobby), all of Nettleton; a son, Joe Holt of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren, Toby Groves (Shera), Gina Wren (Coley Hadaway), Kay Bryan (Anthony), Joseph Holt (Charlene), Jonathan Wren, James Wren (Lallie), Latasha Moore (Jeffrey), Sam Fowler (Angie), Adam Fowler (Alana) and Ida Groves; her great-grandchildren, Ben and Matthew Groves, T.C. Groves, Nigel Sneed, Bridgett Groves, Gabriel Clark, Mallory Brownlee, Mitchell Wren, Kinzi Page, Peyton Wren, Shea Lawson, Blake, Braxton and Sami Kaye Fowler, Aidan and Arian Fowler, Laura Bustamante, Amber Holt, Joseph and Audrey Holt, and Alex and Nicholas Moore; eight great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Melinda Berryhill, Peggy Robinson and Jody Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents: husband, John Holt, in 1989; sisters, Helen Chandler and Kathleen Stallings; and grandchildren, Stephen Wren, Chris Groves and Zabrina Holt.
Pallbearers will be T.C. Groves, Matthew Groves, Blake Fowler, Gabriel Clark, Blake Estes and Cody Brownlee.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charles Burns
BIG CREEK – Charles Everette Burns, 87, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1925, in Ethel. He was a retired police officer for the Greenville Police Department. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge in Big Creek.
Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carson Ridge Baptist Church in Ethel with Dr. John Hern officiating. Burial will be in Carson Ridge Cemetery in Ethel. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ellen Graham Burns of Big Creek; one daughter, Sarah Evelyn Burns (Billy) Rounsaville of Big Creek; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Ann Burns; a grandson, Charles David Rounsaville; his parents, Homer Everette Burns and Edna Eudy Burns; and four sisters, Helen Stevens, Beatrice Heuermann, Grace Bell and Margaret Graham.
Pallbearers will be Marion Burns, Ted Burns, Andy Doty, Arlis Woods, Ed Woods and Harley Graham. Honorary pallbearers will be the Greenville Retired Police Officers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pryor Fuenral Home and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Carson Ridge Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Audie Shook
BOONEVILLE – Audie Hershel Shook, 72, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lavelle McDerment
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lavelle Barnett McDerment, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Trinity Missions Nursing Home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Hickory Grove, Tenn.
Ellis Andrews
WEST POINT – Benjamin Ellis Andrews, 84, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born Oct. 15, 1928, in West Point to Emmie Ellis and William Ollie Andrews. He was a journalist for area newspapers and a member of First Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. He married Mary Lorene McClure on March 14, 1948, in West Point. They died together on Oct. 18, 2012.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow at later time in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Russell Ellis Andrews (Rose) of San Diego, Calif., David Wayne Andrews of West Point, Glen Ross Andrews (Ann) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Joseph Scott Andrews (Terri Ann) of Reform, Ala.; six grandchildren, Heather, Kevin, Scott, Brad, Stacey and Benjamin; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Evelyn Gosa of Jackson.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Bud Stephens
FULTON – Bud Stephens, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born Sept. 8, 1933, to Charlie and Loter Cockrell Stephens. He was a welder inspector before working as a layout inspector with International Harvester, where he retired. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a Mason. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Flossie Stephens; two sons, James Eddie Stephens Sr. of Winthrop harbor, Ill., and Timmie Eugene Stephens of Fulton; two adopted daughters, Farrah Lynn Stephens and Misty Dawn Stephens of Fulton; one sister, Ruth Young of Red Bay, Ala.; two grandchildren, James Eddie Stephens Jr. and Dylan Stephens; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Hollis Stephens; one sister, Peggy Scott; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Graham, Terry Johnson, Mikey Johnson, Jimmy Stephens, Johnny Paul and Jamie Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Charles Cantrell
MANTACHIE – Charles Lee Cantrell died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his home in the Shiloh community. He was born June 20, 1950, to Johnny Lee Cantrell and Doris Sue Smith Cantrell. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Center Star Blue Lodge. He was a Vietnam veteran while serving in the Army. He was staff sergeant for the National Guard in Fulton for nine years. He was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church. He had worked at Dura Crates and the Waterway, and was a self-employed carpenter most of his life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Randy Thompson and Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Military honors will be delivered.
Survivors include one daughter, Tera Johnson (Anthony); his mother, Doris Sue “Sudie” Cantrell, all of the Shiloh community; one sister, Shirley Jean Pruett ( Clay) of Byhalia; one brother, Phillip Ray Cantrell (Tina) of the Shiloh community; three grandchildren, Alexia Marie Rayburn, Baylee Elizabeth Rayburn and Macie Jane Johnson; a special friend, Nina Merritt; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Harold Holcomb, Jerry Pitts, Mickey Underwood, Larry Dee Brown, Rodney Minga and Matt Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elaine McMillin
FALKNER – Elaine Sweatman McMillin, 82, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Lorene Andrews
WEST POINT – Mary Lorene McClure Andrews, 83, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born April 17, 1929, in West Point to Estell Isreal and John M. McClure. She was a medical transcriber, and a member of First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She married Benjamin Ellis Andrews on March 14, 1948, in West Point. They died together on Oct. 18, 2012.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow at a later time in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Russell Ellis Andrews (Rose) of San Diego, Calif., David Wayne Andrews of West Point, Glen Ross Andrews (Ann) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Joseph Scott Andrews (Terri Ann) of Reform, Ala.; six grandchildren, Heather, Kevin, Scott, Brad, Stacey and Benjamin; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eva Jean Kline (Don) of Yellville, Ark.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at First Baptist Church.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Perry Thornton
MEMPHIS – Perry A. Thornton, 67, formerly of Walnut, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tenn. He was born Dec. 17, 1944, in Walnut to Bilbo Vardaman and Lois Lanier Thornton. He was a retired warehouseman for Technicolor in Memphis and a member of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut with the Rev. Billy Joe Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his brother, Billy Thornton of Walnut; and sisters, Anne Collins (Bobby) of Memphis, Linda Hunt (Bobby) and Shirley Ham, both of Bartlett, and Nell Stewart (Billy Joe) of Adamsville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice Thornton.
Pallbearers will be Brad Ham, Mike Ham, Danny Stewart, Kyle Ham, Bobby Jackson and Max Lanier.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. today at the funeral home, then from 10 a.m. to service time today at Harmony Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, The Peoples Bank, Roger Childs, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Sara Walls
CALHOUN CITY – Sara Eva Walls, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Calhoun County Health Service Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 12, 1927, in Banner. She was a retired pattern designer for Kellwood Company. She was a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Ricky Holloway and the Rev. Mickey Walls officiating. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include two daughters, Jan (Patrick) Pittman of Bruce and Penny (Mark) Edwards of Calhoun City; five sons, Albert Lee (Camille) Walls of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Donald Gary (Kathy) Walls of Hamilton, Ala., Mickey (Sheila) Walls of Pulaski, Mark (Paula) Walls of Columbus and Tim (Amanda) Walls of Calhoun City; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlis L. Walls; a daughter, Sara Lynn Walls; a son, Phillip David Walls; parents, Henry Leander Mann and Ollie Dove Hardin Mann; and two brothers, Adam Mann and Tom Mann.
Visitation will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Courtney Jackson
BYHALIA – Courtney T. Jackson, 29, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Thyatira Church of Christ Family Life Center in Senatobia. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Thyatira Church of Christ Family Life Center.
Mary Ruth Easterling
SALTILLO – Mary Ruth Easterling, 89, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born March 3, 1923, to Jim and Mattie Long. She worked for Playcraft and Village Inn Motel. She was a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Holland officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Billy Easterling (Ann) and Gary Easterling, all of Saltillo; brother, Philip Long of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Lowell Easterling (Anna), Lesley Sheffield (Bruce), Shonda Darsey (Ben) and Jason Easterling; six great-grandchildren, Phoebe and Isaiah Easterling, Levin, Lynnon and Loe Darsey, and Daniel Sheffield; and special caregivers, Ople Gammill and Ovie Clayton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marcus Easterling; and four brothers, Carl Long, Murray Long, Troy Long and Gaston Long.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

John Hale
SOUTHAVEN – John Art Hale, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Holly Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
To leave online condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net

Judy Sullivan
AMORY – Judy Westbrook Sullivan, 72, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at her residence. Born on Dec. 28, 1939, in Hatley, she was a daughter of the late Linus Boyd and Ruth Sugg Westbrook. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1958. Before retiring, she was a contracting officer at Columbus Air Force Base. She was a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. Passionate about researching family genealogy, she was a member of Monroe County Historical Society and a member of Aberdeen Junior Auxiliary and Junior Women’s League. She enjoyed antiquing, decorating, canoeing and white water rafting, tennis and watching old movies.
She is survived by her husband, James William “Jimmy” Sullivan of Amory; daughters, Melinda Tucker Tazelaar (Tom) of Alexandria, Va., Terri Lynn Tucker and Jennie Sullivan Luker (Ray), both of Amory; sons, John David Tucker (Kathy) of Tupelo and Andrew James Sullivan of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Jane Westbrook Sandoval of Richmond, Texas, and Deborah Westbrook Kozella (Larry) of Amory; grandchildren, Christi Trull Dubois (Jeremy), Cameron Scott Trull (Elaina) and Catherine Nicole Trull of West Point, James Michael Sundstrom, Dakota Allen Sundstrom and Madelin Rae Luker of Amory, Andrew Lee Sullivan of Birmingham, Andrew Ryan Stubblefield of Dallas, Texas, and Heather Tazelaar Brown (Nathan) of Nashville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Camden Payne and Divi Dubois of West Point; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Carol Tucker.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Philip Hathcock and Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Sundstrom, Dakota Sundstrom, Cameron Trull, Daniel Hester, Andy Hood and Andrew Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Sullivan and Tim West.
Memorials may be given to New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Worthey, 60023 Worthey Lane, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Betty Wade
RAMER, Tenn. – Betty L. Wade, 93, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at McNairy Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial of Corinth.
Allie M. Gresham
BELMONT – Allie M. Gresham, 83, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. She was born in Belmont on Aug. 18, 1929, and had been an employee at Blue Bell. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Justin Gresham officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two sons, Sidney Gresham (Carolyn) of Tupelo and George Gresham (Drusilla) of Belmont; two brothers, R.C. Byram (Lula) and Rayburn Byram (Kathleen); four grandchildren, Kama Stewart (Patrick), Lee Gresham (Dana), Angela Simpson (Joe) and Justin Gresham (Hilary); and six great-grandchildren, Isabella Simpson, Isaac Simpson, Brayden Gresham, Juliet Gresham, Andrew Josiah Gresham and Ilana Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gresham Sr.; parents, Lee and Ada Byram; three brothers, Hartford, H.O. and Paul Byram; and two sisters, Edna Peters and Lela Byram.
Pallbearers will be Justin Gresham, Lee Gresham, Joe Simpson, Gary Bostick, Paul Morris and Bobby Gresham.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Sunday.

Horace Lambert
MARIETTA – Horace Edward Lambert, 68, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born March 6, 1944, to Earl and Lou Vada Massey Lambert. He was a farmer and a member of Thrasher Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Ronnie Livingston and Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lula Spencer Lambert; one brother, James C. “Pat” (Betty) Lambert of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Linda Lou Lambert Jones; and one brother, Bobby Massey.
Pallbearers will be Case Knight, Bubba Knight, David McCleery, Hayden Shadburn, Tony Christian, Kevin Stevens, Jerry Trimble, Mitchell Jackson, Mark Jackson, Billy Spencer, Tommy Young, Tommy Massey and David Massey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Mary Blassingame
BOONEVILLE – Mary Lizzie Cornelius Blassingame, 85, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

Robert Boxx
TUPELO – Robert “Red” Boxx, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.