Obituaries October 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charlene Farrar
TUPELO – Charlene Farrar, 87, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. She was born on Dec. 16, 1923, to Relder and Effie Mae Chamblee Wheeler. She was a member of the East Main Church of Christ. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and was a wonderful seamstress.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include her husband, Hansford “POP” Farrar of 63 years of Tupelo; one daughter, Janet (Jim) Martin of Germantown, Tenn.; grandchildren, Adam (Melissa) Martin of Texarkana, Texas, Alex (Elizabeth) Martin of Collierville, Tenn., Matthew (Amy) Farrar of Lowell, Ark., two great-grandchildren, Landon and Tyler Martin; one brother, J.D. Wheeler (Helen) of Fulton; sister-in-law, Nell Wheeler; several nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Frank Farrar; two brothers, Junior and Doyce Wheeler.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Farrar, Adam Martin, Alex Martin, Jim Martin, Mike Ratliff, and Brad Nichols.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. today and Monday from 8 until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or East Main Church of Christ, 1606 E. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com
Lytle Wallace
RIPLEY – Lytle Gaston Wallace, 80, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
A graveside service is set for 11 a.m. Monday at Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles Cobb
CHICAGO, Ill. – Charles E. Cobb, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at John H. Strogers Jr. of Cook County Hospital.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Henry Flynn
VERONA – Henry Manuel Flynn, 94, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation where he had resided the last 17 days. He was born in Sulligent, Ala. on March 30, 1918, to W. F. Flynn and Mary Jane Young Flynn. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II in the 13th Army Division. His stations of duty included Iowa Jima and Pearl Harbor. He served several years in the reserves after active duty. He moved to Lee County from Alabama in l946. He was an active and faithful member of the Old Union Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, hunting and gardening. A York Rite Mason and Shriner, he was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Langley and Bro. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Cordelia amp”Dellamp” Flynn of Verona; his stepdaughter, Melba Hardin (Sammy) of Plantersville; his grandchildren, Angela Young (Chris Sawyer) of Nettleton and Sammie Denise Causey (Tim) of Amory; five grandchildren, Bailey Jordan Young, Austin Causey, Eli Causey, Derrick Sawyer and Shawn Sawyer; a brother, Collins R. Flynn (Diana) of Corpus Christi, Texas; his special family, Mark and Shelly Harsin and their children, Chloe and Ivye.
Pallbearers will be Marty Petit, Tim Causey, Austin Causey, Hunter Haradin , Mark Harsin, Wade Hardin and Paul Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Rudolph Petit, Bill Reed, John Cofield and Parker Mullis.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today and from noon until -service time on Monday all at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Old Union Baptist Church Building Fund, 113 CR 455, Shannon, Miss. 38868. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Betty Harrington
OXFORD – Mrs. Betty Zachry Harrington, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired instructor in the Department of Speech and Theatre at the University of Mississippi.
She was born in Birmingham, Ala., and was the widow of Dr. Evans Harrington. She was a member of ACLU, Common Cause and American Forum. Locally, she was a member of Yoknopatawpha Arts Council and a volunteer for the Oxford Tourism Council.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Dollarhide of Taylor, Miss., Martha Dollarhide of Oxford; three sons, John Z. Dollarhide of Oxford, Louis E. Dollarhide of Columbus, and David K. Dollarhide of Tescott, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Donna H. Vinson of Oxford; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: Evan Harrington Creative Writing Scholarship Fund, c/o The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Ruth Gist
MEMPHIS – Ruth Barnes Gist, 65, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Burnsville, Miss., died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Interment will follow in New Prospect Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; by phone by calling 800-ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org, or to the New Prospect Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Larry Whitehurst
BURNSVILLE – Larry E. Whitehurst, 63, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo due to an automobile accident on Oct. 4, 2011.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with burial in New Prospect Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation is set for 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
J.D. Cooper
CORINTH – J. D. Cooper, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Bethel Springs, Tenn. at the age of 76 years, 11 months, 15 days. He was born on November 6, 1934, in Corinth, Miss. to William Robert and Jessie Haney Cooper. He was united in marriage to Carolyn E. Smith, who preceded him in death on May 12, 2011. He was a graduate of Biggersville High School. Following graduation, he attended trade school to study television repair and opened his own repair shop. He also worked for steel mills in Gary, Ind. and served in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman. He was a member of the Bethel Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. with Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, Tennessee.
He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Moore and husband Jerry of Covington, Tenn. and Jeanette Rowland of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Carroll, Julie Ann Ables, Jerri Ann Lewis, Joseph Cooper, Chase Cooper, and Brandie Cooper; six great-grandchildren, Lance, Caleb, Sara Grace, Sarah, Christopher, and Macilynn Marie; two brothers, Thomas Cooper of Iuka, Miss. and Harold Cooper of Burnsville, Miss.; three sisters, Mary Ellen Goodman of Independence, Mo., Donnie Davidson of Tulsa, Okla., and Alice Thrasher and husband Ray of Corinth, Miss,; and many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; a son, Rickey Cooper; a stepson, Charles Byrd; a grandchild, Donna Rowland; four brothers, William H. (Baldy) Cooper, Lonnie Cooper, Johnny Cooper, and Connie Cooper; and three sisters, Louise Morton, Dorothy Bledsoe, and Margaret Taylor.
Faye Brown
ABERDEEN – Faye Parrish Brown, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at the Community Hospice – Darlington Oaks in Verona. A life-long resident of Monroe County, she was born July 6, 1926, in Becker to Jake and Dessie Skeleton Parrish. Before her retirement, she worked for Walker Manufacturing for 15 years. She was a Baptist and her hobbies included quilting, collecting dolls, and flowers. She also enjoyed watching channel 39, listening to gospel music, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Avery Lois Webster Buddy Verdo Cockrell (Erma) of Amory and Jackie Parris (Lori) of Hatley; two grandchildren, Johnny Cockrell (Angela) of Aberdeen and Sam Grant (Nell) of Greenwood Springs; seven great- grandchildren, Michael Cockrell (Brooke), Jacob Cockrell (Kelly), Kelly Dodge, Daniel Prestage (Mallory), Lacie Mitchem (Sam), Samantha Grant, and Joey Grant; nine great-great grandchildren, Taylor Cockrell, Marleigh Cockrell, Wyatt Cockrell, Sarah Dodge, Alyssa Dodge, Xabier Kane Jones, Chloe Louise Carper, Destiney Faith Rogers, and Amari Renee Grant; and 2 special friends, Dot and Pauline.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, J.C., Herbert, and Billy K. Parrish; four sisters, Dorothy May Gray, Evelyn Ray Johnson, Linda Kay Hugart, and Amanda Jean Parrish; two grandchildren, Jackie Joe Cockrell and Jerry Eugene Cockrell.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Ora Rucker
FALKNER – Ora Lee Rucker, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. She was born Dec. 16, 1927, to Pink Howard Spight and Mary Grace Carter Spight. She is the second child of two born to this union. She confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Ripley Second Baptist Church. In the early 70′s she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church and remained a faithful member until death. She was married in holy matrimony at an early age to Detroit Storey. In 1955 she married George Oliver Cox and in 1992, she married R.T. Rucker. Survivors include six children, Dennis Ray Cox and Gween Lavon Spears of Falkner, Miss., Teresa Gale Prather (Travis) of Charlotte, N.C., Charlene Marie Prather (Jarvis) of Acworth, Ga., Eric Terrell Cox (Melissa) of Ripley, Tracey Phillip Cox (Olive) of Falkner.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Falkner and burial in Boyd Cemetery in Ripley. Foster amp& Son are in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 12 noon to 8 p.m. today and family hour today from 6 to 8 p.m. at funeral home.
Henry Crum
RIPLEY – Henry Earl Crum, 79, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home.
W. T. Green
TISHOMINGO – W. T. Green, 90, died Saturday, Oct, 22, 2011, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Evonne Sartain
RED BAY, Ala. – Evonne Creekmore Singleton Sartain, 79, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at her residence. She worked at Blue Bell and was a member of Hurricane Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala. with Bro. Bobby Massey and Br. J.C. Hand officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Survivors are her husband, Carles Sartain of Red Bay; four daughters, Carolyn Scott (Steve), of Tuscumbia, Ala., Karen Smith, of Cleburne, Texas, Sharon Stacy (B.D.), of Red Bay and Tammy Cook (Ronnie) of Belmont; three stepchildren, Danny Sartain (Linda), of Mountain View, Ark., Rodney Sartain, of Fulton, Rhonda Sartain, of Amory; fifteen grandchildren, Stephanie Miss Kelly, Brent Scott, Bryan Smith, Tiffany Smith, Jon Stacy, Corey Davis, Brittany Davis, Colby Cook, Dalton Sartain, Alexis Sartain, Laura Sulek, Timothy Sartain, Autumn Sartain, Tia Sartain, and Brandon Sartain; seven great-grandchildren, Colten Cochran, Paylen Scott, Mason Smith, Wren Smith, Koel Smith, Brycen Davis and Chance Cook; three sisters, Bobbie Petty, Elsie Singleton, Icy Parker; three brothers, Carlos Creekmore, Larry Creekmore and Danny Creekmore.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William “Bill” Singleton; son-in-law-Roger Smith; three brothers, Thurman, Belt and Bud Creekmore; one sister, Betty Sue Stanphill and her parents, Elvin Lesley and Beatrice Holland Creekmore.
Pallbearers will be Brent Scott, Bryan Smith, Corey Davis, Colby Cook, Jon Stacy, Dalton Sartain, Josh Dobbs.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, AL. and until service time on Monday.
Billy Carr
BISSELL – James William “Billy” Carr, 79, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at his residence in the Bissell Community of Lee County. He was born in Dennis, Miss., Tishomingo Co., on Oct. 29, 193,1 to Johnnie Carr and Wanda Barnett Carr. He graduated from Holcutt High School and attended Itawamba Junior College. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy overseas during the Korean War on the Fire Drake. On Feb. 2, 1962 in Florence, Ala., he married Ruby Nell Pettigrew. He was a self employed farmer and took pride in his cattle and land. A Baptist, he enjoyed quail hunting and working his cattle. He was quietly civic minded and did many selfless deeds for his community and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Roger Smith officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Pettigrew Carr of Bissell; his daughter, Jennifer Kelly, an Operations Research Analyst at the Navy Recruiting Command at Millington Naval Base and her husband, Tommy A. Kelly, III of Munford, Tenn.; his two grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “B”, Blake and Carson Roberson of Munford, Tenn.; his sister, Judy Smith (Dan) of New Orleans, La.; two brothers, C. M. “Chunk” Carr (Lilly) of Chesterville and Johnnie Hugh Carr of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father in law; Lee Earl and Clifford Pettigrew; a sister and brother in law, Doyce and Herschell King; and a baby brother, Teddy Joe Carr.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Sheffield, Hilton Lamons, Steve McFarling, Jon McFarling, Henry King and Jeremy Kelly. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Vess, R.B. Wigginton, George Nunley, Gerald McDaniel and Leon Herring.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Jeanette Stegall
PONTOTOC – Jeanette Stegall, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Pontotoc County to James Archie Kennedy and Vera Idell Gillespie Kennedy. She married James Fleetwood Stegall on Dec. 24, 1952. They shared many happy years together until his death in April 2005. She was a loving Christian wife, mother, sister and friend. She was an excellent cook, caregiver and enjoyed meeting the needs of her friends and church members. She was a member of The Red Hat Club of Pontotoc, and enjoyed traveling, especially the sister-trips to the beach. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, James W. Stegall of Pensacola, Fla., and Roger Stegall (Sharon) of Iuka; three sisters, Jamye Jinkins, Joyce Swain (Willis) and Shirley Wages (Bobby), all of Tupelo; a brother, Glen Kennedy (Marie) of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Dana Harlan, Betty Hill and Helen Payne.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Todd Rasberry, Johnny Rasberry, Chris Clark, Terry Jinkins, Bill Jinkins, David Clark, John Clark, Gary Harlan, Darrell Kennedy and Lamar Kennedy.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Ray Starling
NETTLETON – Howard Ray Starling, 66, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Nettleton Chapel.
Velma Gates
RIPLEY – Velma M. Gates, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
Lester Hendrix
TUPELO – Lester Hendrix, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Sherry Greener
JACKSON – Sharon Stribling Greener, 67, of Grove Park Place, died at her home in Jackson, Miss. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, following a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born in Hattiesburg, Miss. on March 8, 1944, to Mattie Lou James Stribling and Roger Wilson Stribling.
She was a graduate of Murrah High School and later earned a degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She worked for Republic National Bank in Dallas briefly before returning to live in Jackson, Miss. She began her career in the construction heavy equipment industry by joining her father in the family business in 1975 at Stribling-Puckett, Inc., a Caterpillar dealership. In 1983, she continued her career in the heavy equipment industry by purchasing the John Deere construction and forestry dealership and the Freightliner heavy truck dealership headquartered in Jackson, Miss., along with her father and two other partners. Since 1986 she has served as Chairman of the Board for Stribling Equipment, LLC and Empire Truck Sales, LLC. Her lifelong commitment to community service led her to serve on numerous boards in the Jackson area.
Her most recent positions included serving on the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and on the Board of Directors for the Regions Foundation and for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. In the past she has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Jackson, Junior Achievement, Deposit Guaranty National Bank, Fondren Renaissance Foundation, the Metropolitan YMCA and the Board of Trustees for St. Andrews Episcopal School. She was known for her quiet and effective nature; she hosted many fund raising events in her home in support of charities throughout Jackson. All who knew her remember her tending to her beautiful yard, which has been in her family for over 60 years.
One of the most admired yards in Jackson, the grounds of her home was the setting for an annual Easter egg hunt for her grandchildren – a tradition began by her mother, Mattie Lou Stribling.
She was a member of Northminster Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Northminster Baptist Church, followed by burial at Lakewood Memorial Park.
Survivors include a son, Nicholas Flynn Greener IV of Tupelo; son, Jason Stribling Greener of Jackson and his wife Betsy Faile Greener; grandchildren, Nicholas Tyler Greener of Tupelo, Sarah Bethany Greener and Thomas Stribling Greener of Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents Mattie Lou and Roger Stribling, and by her brother, Roger Wilson Stribling, Jr.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Wright amp& Ferguson Funeral Home, 350 High Street in Jackson, and at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, at the Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Northminster Baptist Church.
Online guestbook www.wrightferguson.com
Mary Kellum
GUNTOWN – Mary Catherine Kellum, 87, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Janie Comer
FULTON – Janie Comer, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and willl be announced later by McNeese-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Mae Riley
NETTLETON – Mae S. Riley, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Odra Hamilton
MANTACHIE – Odra C. Hamilton, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 and a private graveside service was held today in Stephens Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.