ABERDEEN – William Louis Brand, 76, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born in Montpelier, April 23, 1937, to parents, William Howard Brand and Lovie Dell Morgan Brand. After training and certifications, he began a career in the Meat Cutting Industry as a Butcher. The career lasted 32 years at Aberdeen Big Star where he ended as Store Manager.
He married Ruby Sims of Indianola in 1959. They started out for a short time living in West Point, then became lifelong residents of Aberdeen. They had been together 54 years. Celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary back in May of 2009.
The lifetime dream and goal of the two spent their retirement years purchasing a farm, building a home and raising cattle. Even after his stroke he managed to find a way to operate his tractor and bush hog.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. John Allen Parker officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Sims Brand of Aberdeen; four sons, Bill Brand and wife, Sandra, of Wren, Allen Brand and wife, Joyce, of Aberdeen, Kevin Brand and wife, Lillie, of Aberdeen, and Roger Brand and wife, Dianna, of New Bern, N.C.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers, five sisters.
Preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gilreath, Randy Mills, Robert Merritt, Archie Baker, Wayne Sconyers and Bobby Gunter.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today, Oct. 23, 2013, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
IUKA – James L. “Jim” Barnes, 73, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 23, at Spring Hill United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, 405 CR 144, Tishomingo, MS 38873.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Claude Elon “Tommy” Thomas, 95, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his home. A husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was born in Houlka on Oct. 28, 1917, the son of Claude E. Thomas Sr. and Clara Brown. He attended Drawn Business College in Memphis until World War II was declared. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in the European Theatre with Gen. Patton. At the war’s end he began his 30-year career with the Georgia Department of Labor. While employed, he continued his college education, as well as serving as an Army Reservist.
When the Korean War began in 1950, he was called to active duty in Korea where he served until 1953. In 1977, he and his wife, Rebecca, moved to Fort Myers to begin a new career with the Florida Department of Labor under Lee County manager Levon Wisher. He retired a second time after eight years as director.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rebecca Waites Thomas; three daughters, Jean T. Mavrlis (Mark) of Fort Myers, Susan T. Pressly (Jim) of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Deborah T. Howard of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services and entombment were in Fort Myers, Fla. Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences and memories may be left online at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
MARIETTA – Judy Kay Kramer, 54, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at her home. She was born March 22, 1959, in Lincoln, Neb., to Arliss and Martha Wilson Helems. She lived in Arkansas until she moved to Itawamba County about 20 years ago. She was a factory worker before becoming disabled. She was a homemaker and an avid reader.
Memorial services will be at 1 p m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Kramer, and a daughter, Kimberly Kramer, both of Marietta; her mother, Martha Helems of Missouri; three brothers, Virgil, William and John Helems; and three sisters, Jenny Holder, Penny Morris and Teresa Langston.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arliss Helems.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be accessed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – James Lee Curry, 55, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born in Houston on April 15, 1958, to James William Curry and Lily Marie Murphy Curry. He grew up in Vernon, Ala. He married Mary Hallmark of Nettleton on March 19, 2010. He worked for Marty Tate Logging of Hamilton, Ala., for more than 20 years before moving to Nettleton three years ago. He enjoyed raising and riding horses and was especially fond of his horse, a black and white paint. He also enjoyed fishing. He most recently attended the Pentecostal church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. John McAlister officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Curry of Nettleton; three daughters, Margie Gunter of Nettleton, Marie James (Kelvin) of Fulton and Gloria Curry of Sulligent, Ala.; four sons, Mickey Gunter and Jamie Curry, both of Nettleton, and Doug Troller and Michael Troller (Stacy), both of Sulligent, Ala.; brother, Carl Curry of Cullman, Ala.; and two sisters, Jean Welch of Vernon, Ala., and Judy Rasberry of Beaverton, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jimmy Curry.
Pallbearers will be Mike Troller, Doug Troller, Jamie Curry, Kelvin James, Jerry Mitchell and Lee Hallmark.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billy Gene Goodson
CALHOUN CITY – Billy Gene Goodson, 79, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Calhoun County, the son of John Leslie Goodson and Maude Spencer Goodson. He was a retired employee of Brookwood and a member of New Gauley Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Steve (Cathy) Goodson of Calhoun City and Leslie Gene (Pat) Goodson of Houston; one sister, Ruby (Leonard) Ward of Laurel; one brother, J.W. (Shirley) Goodson of Bruce; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Clanton Goodson; his parents; two sisters, Maxine Kirby and Earlene Stone; and two brothers, Gladys Paul Goodson and William Thomas Goodson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 23, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Bro. Sherman Adams and Bro. Howard Rogers will officiate. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Clanton, Tom Ferguson, Earnest Goodson, Thomas Earl Goodson, Josh Reed and Tony Oroico.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
HOULKA – Robert Lamar Moore, 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
THAXTON – Sharon Jenkins Reynolds, 55, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a loved wife and mama and “the greatest Nana in the world.” She was known to family and friends as the most beautiful, sharing and unselfish person one could meet, always putting everyone else’s needs before her own. She had a passion for baking, becoming known to everyone as “the cake lady.” She attended Carey Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Carey Springs Baptist Church at Randolph. Bro. Junior Ritchie will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Reynolds; her children, Mark Walker (Chasity), Sherry Walker, John Walker, Sarah Reynolds (Jimmy) and Elisabeth Honeycutt (Seth), all of Pontotoc; stepson, Craig Reynolds (Rose) of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Dallas Graham, Lethan, Leyton and Lexie Walker, and Isaac Reynolds; stepgrandchildren, Olivia, Kailin and Rosalynn Reynolds; brothers, Ronnie Jenkins (Lynn), Gary Jenkins (Patricia), Jimmy Jenkins (Mitzi); sisters, Janice Angle (Gary) and Denise Boyd; two great-grandchildren, Calvin and Arianna Williams, all of Pontotoc; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Reynolds; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Haskell and Delores Jenkins; uncle, Jimmy Ward; and grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Steven Mask, Shane Jenkins, Brady Jenkins, Brandon Jenkins, Dillon Angle and Austin Bray. Neal Bray is an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
BRUCE – David Bernard Jones, 47, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. Burial will be in Zion Springs Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Rufus Earl Millsaps, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
J. Lee Stricklen
BOONEVILLE – Jefferson Lee “J. Lee” Stricklen, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at his home. He was born April 23, 1931, in Booneville to Jefferson Franklin Stricklen and Roxie Belzoria Ware Stricklen. He was an assembly line worker at the Chrysler plant in Kenosha, Wis. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean War in 1950-1951 and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, NDSM, UN Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Holcomb, Dr. Steven Howell and the Rev. Ricky Kelly officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Messner Stricklen, whom he married Nov. 11, 1951; a son, Jack Stricklen (Sharon) of Booneville; three sisters, Ann Cameron (Cecil) of Bristol, Wis., Shirley Kennedy (Jackie) of Jumpertown and Amanda Loomis (Archie) of Trempealeau, Wis.; two granddaughters, Jennifer Hooper (Terry) of Hattiesburg and Kimberly Parker (Johnny) of Booneville; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Rice, Justin Hooper, Katie Bates, Kayla Bates, Emma Parker, Eli Parker and Eden Parker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Helen Brown, Dorothy Harris, Etna Swader and Alice Ware.
Honorary pallbearers are the East Booneville Baptist Church Senior Men’s Sunday School Class and Bill Cameron.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Booneville Baptist Church Transportation Fund, 602 E. Church St., Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Ramona Boxx, 86, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.