Obituaries October 20, 2013

Clara Thompson

TUPELO – Clara Crawford Johnson Thompson passed away October 18, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Miss. Clara was born September 4, 1926, to Georgia Mae Payne and Mangum Crawford in Greensboro, Ala. A member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, she served as Secretary/Treasurer and President of the UMW, Circle Chairman for her UMW Circle, song leader and President of the Belle Bennett Sunday School Class and Chancel Choir Member. She met her future husband, Adrian, in church. Until her health failed, they were very active and present in church activities “every time the doors were open.” Clara was a member of Fortnightly Musicale and served as telephone chairperson. Adrian and Clara traveled for many years with the Wally Byum Airstream Club. She was a hospital volunteer with Mended Hearts, serving as visitation chairman. Her goal was to visit all heart patients before their discharge. She delighted in giving patients her own testimony of surviving her own quadruple bypass in 1986.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Adrian Thompson; daughters, Sheila Sellers (Buddy) of Lucedale, Lynette Bolen of Saltillo and Carean Dendy (Butch) of Belden; sons, Tommy Thompson (Margaret) of Tupelo and Cecil Thompson of Harmontown; and a son-in-law, Jim Martin, of Cordova Tenn.

She has one surviving brother, Billy Crawford (Billie) of Palm City, Fla. Clara and Adrian were blessed with 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Clara was fortunate enough to have had two good and loving husbands. She was married for 23 years to Vernon Johnson, the father of Sheila and Gloria.

Gone before her are her parents; brothers, Payne, Henry and Bobby Crawford; sister, Sue Stewart; son, Sam Thompson; daughter, Gloria Martin; and one great-grandchild, Mary Brooks Murphy.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Scott Rogers, Dustin Thompson, Zach Thompson, Patton Thompson, Jamie Martin, Levi Dendy, Steve Winesett, Dr. Jimmy Murphy, Ken Moore, Wes McAlexander and Cass Phipps.

We offer our gratitude to Clara’s special care-givers, Susan McCarty, Lauren Babb, Clara Peete, Debra Webb and the Staff of Sanctuary Hospice House.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, 412 E Main, Monday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Jim Curtis officiating. Visitation will follow in Wesley Hall until 1:30 p.m. Private family burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park.

The family asks that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802 and to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W Main St, Tupelo, MS 38801.

W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Yarbrough

TUPELO – Frances Yarbrough passed away peacefully at the Sanctuary Hospice House Friday, October 18, 2013, after an extended battle with heart disease.

She was born April 20, 1927, in the Union Community to Homer and Winnie Griffin. She grew up with her two sisters, Minnie (Marion) and Sue (Sherman). They were early members of Union Methodist Church later moving to St. Luke Methodist Church while working as a telephone operator for Southern Bell for thirty-two years. She met David Yarbrough over a phone call and married and had one child, Boyd (Lillian) in 1954.

She loved her three grandchildren, Chris Yarbrough, Fran Clardy (Daniel) and David Yarbrough (Jeanne). She especially loved her two great-grandchildren, Lylla and Griffin Clardy.

She enjoyed taking care of those kids as well as sewing and gardening and was very good with a skillet.

Aunt Sisty loved her many nephews and nieces as her own.

A service celebrating her long happy life will be held 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. A graveside service will follow at Lee Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Yarbrough, Chris Yarbrough, Daniel Clardy, Byron Fellows, Bob Marion and Daniel Sherman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Ballard, David Sherman, Kirk Caldwell and David Puddister.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. till service time Monday, October 21, 2013, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please be generous to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Boyd Anthony Allen

ABERDEEN – Boyd Anthony Allen, 68, surrounded by his family, went Home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born February 24, 1945, in Monroe County to Boyd Edward Allen and Antoinette Sloan Allen of Aberdeen, Miss. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He was a disabled Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army where he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his services. Andy enjoyed watching football with his sons Troy and Clint, hunting and fishing with his son Brock, and spending time with his grandson Peyton. Andy loved his wife Brenda, his family, but Jesus Christ the most.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Bro. David Foreman officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Brenda Simmons Allen of Aberdeen; three sons, Troy Allen of Ridgeland, Miss., Clint Allen (Tracy) of Aberdeen, Miss. and Brock Allen (Kirby) of Amory, Miss.; his mother, Antoinette Sloan Allen of Aberdeen; one brother, Donnie Allen (Shelia) of Amory, Miss.; and one grandson, Peyton Allen of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his father, Boyd Edward Allen.

Pallbearers will be Troy Allen, Clint Allen, Brock Allen, Donnie Simmons, Donnie Allen and Steve English.

Honorary pallbearers will be Peyton Allen, Ronnie Simmons, Willie Malone, Walter Lann III, Bo Stahl and Phil Barker.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch or the charity of your choice.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Jones

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – James Arthur Jones, 56, formerly of Houlka, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Milwaukee as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Minnie Gates

ABERDEEN – Minnie Mae Gates died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen.

Services will be noon Monday, Oct. 21, at Johnson Chapel Holiness Church in Aberdeen. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Williams

TUPELO – Shirley Bell Williams, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior after an extended illness on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. She was born in Union County on March 20, 1939, to Lewis and Annie Sue Chism Bell. She was the middle child of five children and only daughter.

She married her best friend, Henry Williams on Jan. 4, 1964. She enjoyed baking, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo and a former member of First Baptist Church in Verona for many years.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Randy Wood officiating. A private burial will be at Lee Memorial Park.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Henry; daughters, Sonya Haas (Tom), Kim Lothorp (Kevin) and Kristin Logan (Josh); one son, Michael Bell; stepsons, Raymond and Billy Wayne Williams of Tennessee; grandchildren, Ethan Haas, Kasey, Kaden and Klay Lothorp and Ava Ann Logan; and her brothers, Lonnie Bell (Jean), Larry Bell (Jane) and Johnny Bell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Lee Bell; and nephew, Craig Bell.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Ron Holifield, Hugh Holcomb, Jake Logan, Steve Hill, Billy Landsdell and Bill Kestner.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dolly Chapman

NEW ALBANY – Dolly Dimple Chapman, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Dec. 28, 1928, in Union County to Otis Parks and Georgia Lansdell Parks. She was a retired employee of Joyner-Fields where she worked as an inspector. She was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Ellistown Baptist Church with the Rev. Mickey Trammel and the Rev. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in the Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Cox of Ellistown and Marilynn Ross of Shady Grove; a sister, Agnes Tate of Belden; a brother, the Rev. Johnny Parks of Kosciusko; five grandchildren, the Rev. Samuel Cox (Bobbie), Rachel Nieminen (Kevin), Phillip Cox (Stephanie), Kimberly Garrett (John) and Korey Ross (Beth); and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard Chapman; two sons-in-law, the Rev. Marvin Cox and Tim Ross; two sisters, Opal Ray and Dorothy Chapman; and four brothers, William Parks, Harold Parks, Gerald Parks and Edward Parks.

Pallbearers will be the Rev. Samuel Cox, Phillip Cox, Korey Ross, Kevin Nieminen, John Garrett and Joshua Cox.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Nancy Ward

McCONDY – Nancy Jane Brown Ward, 89, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at her home in McCondy. She was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Chickasaw County to John Brown and Lizzie Huffman Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of Lawson Chapel Church of Christ.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Ernie Allmond officiating. Burial will follow at McCondy Baptist Cemetery in McCondy. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Sara and Clyde Logan of McCondy; her granddaughter, Frances and Rodney Bridgman of McCondy; her great-grandson, Justin Bridgman of McCondy; and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Ward; her sister, Jackie Ward; and her brothers, Joe Lee Brown, Tom Brown, Oren Brown and Sam Brown.

Pallbearers are Rodney Bridgman, Justin Bridgman, Bryan Bridgman, Earl Brown, Russell Jolly and Larry Allen.

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

Friends and family may sign the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.

Imogene Peach

TUPELO – Imogene Peach, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a lenghty illness. She was born Jan. 26, 1923, to George and Katie Kellum. She grew up in Baldwyn, where she was a graduate of Baldwyn High School. She was married to Brooks Allen Peach on July 4,1941. They were married 64 years before he passed away on Nov. 2, 2005. She was a member of West Jackson St. Baptist Church, where she was secretary of the Open Door Sunday School Class. Her ministry in life was to serve others, giving freely of her time and many talents to her family, friends and shut ins. She dearly loved her family and found great joy in caring for them. Before her retirement, she was employed by sears in the ladies department.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Lakeview Baptist Church with Bro. Rob Garland officating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Galabiz (Richard) of Tupelo and Cynthia Stout (David) of New Albany; two grandchildren, Allison Scott (Tim) of Tupelo and Alex Sheffield (Dana) of Starkville; and four great-grandsons, Braden and Bryce Carnathan of Tupelo and Nathan and Troy Allen Sheffield of Starkville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her twin sister, Eugene Holmes; and sister, Kathryn Bentz.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Alex Sheffield, Braden and Bryce Carnathan; and nephews, Robbie Holmes, Loren Bentz and Earl Underwood.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice.

Robert Sumner

SARDIS – Robert Wayne Sumner, 53, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his residence in Sardis. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Jensen

TUPELO – Marilyn Ann “MorMor” Jensen, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo after an extended illness.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon until service time Tuesday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 N. Church St., Tupelo, MS. 38802 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 39105.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Jackie Pettigo

TREMONT – Stoney Jackson “Jackie” Pettigo Jr., 42, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born March 6, 1971. He worked in the furniture industry and enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR and football.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry George and Bro. Arthur Hardin officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Pettigo; one son, Brett Keith Pettigo; one stepson, Jeffrey Grant (Jessica); two grandchildren, Ashton and Tristan; his father, Stoney Jackson Pettigo Sr. (Alice), all of Tremont; and two sisters, Cynthia Borden (Michael) of Tremont and Tina Roberts (Gary) of Blue Springs.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margie Sue George Pettigo.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Howell, Steve Howell, Gary Roberts, David Chilcoat, Ted Murrell, Billy Dale Parker, Scott Parker and Richard Ford

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

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

Sue Cantrell

MANTACHIE – Doris Sue “Sudie” Cantrell, 81, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Meadows where she had resided since Dec. 10, 2009. She was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Itawamba County to Jim and Emma Turner Smith. She was a lifelong member of Shiloh Methodist Church. She was a very hard working lady.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing and the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Jean Pruett (Clay) of Byhalia; her son, Phillip Ray Cantrell (Tina); one sister, Evelyn Witcher, both of the Shiloh Community; her grandchildren, Scott Lynk, Rodney Lynk, Tera Johnson (Anthony), Phillip Micheal Cantrell and Chad Cantrell; and her great-grandchildren, Lexie and Baylee Rayburn, Macie Johnson, Jordon Cantrell, Payton Cantrell and Allie Cantrell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Lee Cantrell; her son, Charles Cantrell; one sister, Jonnie Lee Smith; one brother, James Smith; and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Robert Smith, Michael Lee Witcher, Jeff Thompson, Bradley Smith, John Berry Thompson, Frankie Lindsey and Ronnie Witcher.

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

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

Arlis O’Brian

WEST POINT – Arlis O’Brian, 78, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at West Point Community Living Center in West Point. He was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Maben to Dovie Hamilton O’Brian and Horace O’Brian. He worked with Pryor Construction for 17 years, and prior to that, he worked in the oil fields. He attended West End Baptist Church but was a member at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He married Cheryl Mays O’Brian on June 11, 2008, in West Point; his wife, Sue D. O’Brian preceded him in death on July 19, 1992.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Todd Chesser officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Mays O’Brian of West Point; two daughters, Trudy Roach and Mindi Dempsey; three sons, Boyd O’Brian, Kevin Dempsey and Johnnie Cornwell Jr., all of West Point; one grandson, John Thomas Roach Jr.; two sisters, Betty Tribble and Maxine Jennings, both of Cedar Bluff and Jean Bowman of Starkville; two brothers, Dennis O’Brian (Eva) of Biloxi and Kenneth O’Brian (Pat) of Cedar Bluff.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn White.

Pallbearers will be Mike Tribble, Ricky Tribble, David Tribble, Scott O’Brian, Clay O’Brian and Kenny O’Brian.

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

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Bishop

BYHALIA – James Micah “Jimmy” Bishop, 51, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was born Oct. 27, 1961, in Texas to James K. Bishop and Faye Shirley Bishop. He was a buyer for Jabil Circuits in Olive Branch and was a member of Houlka Baptist Church.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Collums Cemetery Pavilion in Houlka with Rev. Donald Holder and Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will follow at Collums Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Faye Bishop of Houlka; his sister, Toni and Bobby Brown of Houlka; his niece, Rhianna and William McClellan of Pontotoc; his nephews, Gregory and Daphne King of Houston and Micah Brown of Houlka; his great-nieces, Maddie King, Isabella King, Arlee McClellan and Jacee McClellan; great-nephew, Kacen McClellan; and his aunt, Dorothy Williams.

He was preceded in death by his father, James K. Bishop; and his grandparents, Clara and R.R. Shirley and Floy and Vard Bishop.

Pallbearers are William McClellan, John Collums, Gregory King, Jimmy Wayne Collums, Andrew Pouncey and Bobby Brown.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Collums Cemetery at the pavilion.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236.

Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Tommie Shackleford Sr.

PONTOTOC – Tommie Lee Shackleford Sr., 83, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his residence in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.