Obituaries October 24, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dr. F.L. Lummus
TUPELO – Dr. Floyd Lamar Lummus, 77, of Tupelo, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Dr. Lummus was born July 21, 1935m in Weir, and began loving and following Christ Jesus at the age of seven.
He was a graduate of Ackerman High School, Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center; he completed a medical internship at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn. He served in the United States Navy from 1961-1964, then completed his medical residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, and at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans, La. He began his practice of Internal Medicine with Dr. Antone Tannehill in Tupelo in 1967.
In 1977, Dr. Lummus and fellow physicians, Dr. Antone Tannehill, Dr. Bill Wood and Dr. Eugene Murphy, formed Internal Medicine Associates (IMA), which was eventually sold to North Mississippi Medical Clinics (NMMC) in the early 1990s. Dr. Lummus was selected NMMC Physician of the Year in 1981, and was a member of the NMMC medical staff from 1967 until 2006, a 39-year career of service to the medical community of Tupelo.
He held a deep commitment to His Savior and served Harrisburg Baptist Church, Tupelo, as a Sunday School teacher, deacon chairman, and Finance and Building Committee member. He also served as chairman of the medical staff at North Mississippi Medical Center, was president of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society, a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, American College of Cardiology, as well as a Board of Trustees member at Blue Mountain College.
A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld and the Rev. Scott Little officiating. A eulogy will be given by Dr. Bill Hilbun. Interment will be at Tupelo Memorial Park.
A loving and faithful husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanette Moak Lummus of Tupelo; son, Dr. Allan Lummus (Connie) of Memphis, Tenn.; daughters, Dr. Jill Lummus of West Hollywood, Calif., and Neece Little (Scott) of Madison; and grandchildren, Max Diamond Lummus, Luke Little and Jordan Little.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irene Husband Lummus and Floyd Alvaro Lummus.
Pallbearers are Dr. Alan Flowers, Charlie Greer, Allan Kent, John Smith, Lee Thornton and Bill Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Kilgo Sunday School Class at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Earlene Yielding
MANTACHIE – Ruby Earlene Yielding, 81, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center surrounded by her daughters and family. She was born July 3, 1931, in Itawamba County to Talmadge and Lynn Hood Hare. She married Gene Yielding on Nov. 10, 1951. They moved to Kenosha, Wis., in 1952, where they both worked for American Motors. They returned home to their beloved Mantachie in 1956 and resided there until moving to Mooreville in 2010. She worked for Mantachie Manufacturing until her retirement. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Mantachie.
She enjoyed many weekends camping with family and friends. She was an excellent cook and took great pride in her home. She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren whom she was so proud of. Family get-togethers were always special to her, and she could be counted on to prepare her chicken and dressing and sweet potato pies. She was a strong Christian woman who never wavered in her values.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams and Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam Fair of Mooreville and Kim Mayhall (Mark) of Fulton; four grandchildren, Chris Fair (Kendra), Brandi Lindsey, Brody Mayhall and Abby Grace Mayhall; and three great-grandchildren, Maddie Lindsey, Jake Fair and Sydney Lindsey.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene, on July 24, 2011; her son-in-law whom she loved as a son, Larry Fair, on May 25, 2012; one sister, Martha Johnson (Philip); and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Fair, Jake Fair, Mark Mayhall, Brody Mayhall, Joe Barnes, Roger McMillan and James “Smoky” McMillan.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Reich, Mark Johnson, Phil Spigner, Ben Mears and Dan Moore Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at First Baptist Church in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Ava Bonds
OXFORD – Ava Evelyn Hardin Bonds, 68, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She was born in Clarksdale on Dec. 23, 1943. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a teacher for 43 years. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Hankins, the Rev. Robert Allen, the Rev. Barry Sneed and the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, Eldridge Dean “Eddie” Bonds Sr.; two daughters, Jessica Hardin Bonds Boelte (Jack) and Ava Halon Bonds Gossett (Ken); one son, Eldridge Dean “Bubba” Bonds Jr. (Natalie); and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse James Hardin and Dorothy Houston Hardin; two brothers, Jimmy Houston Hardin and Edwin Matt Hardin; and a sister, Patsy Hardin Waller.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Choir, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; Oxford Endowment for Public Education, c/o Ava Bonds Fine Art Facility, 224 Bramlett Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655; or Caringbridge, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 6032 Albert Lea, MN 56007-6632 or www.caringbridge.com.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Morris
BRUCE – Jimmy Wayne Morris, 69, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Calhoun County. He was the oldest charter member of Faith Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver for Hardin Trucking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Memorial Garden at Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Laverne Tutor Morris of Bruce; his mother, Lorene Newsom Morris of Bruce; two daughters, Melinda Joy Turner of Bruce and Gloria Ann Dye of Pittsboro; seven grandchildren, Kayla (Michael) Howell, Brandon (Krystye) Golden Jr., (Christy White) Turner, Mikala Turner, Brittney Turner, Kane Dye and Kyle Dye; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ellis Chester Morris; and a sister, Brenda Person.
Pallbearers will be Paul Carroll, Dan Hardin, Jimmy Don Hardin, Roncie Hardin, Luke Mayhan and Bill McCammon.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Mark Carmack
CORINTH – Mark Anthony Carmack, 37, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Germantown Methodist Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Holly Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at Holly Baptist Church.

Joseph Thomas
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Joseph “Big Joe” Thomas, 54, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was the owner of Big Joe’s Cycle Shop in Gallaway, Tenn. He was an avid outdoorsman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland, Tenn., with Bro. Rhesa Davis and Bro. Richard Lowrey officiating. Burial will be in Walls Cemetery at Braden, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Willene Thomas of New Albany; and Sharon Nichols (Don) of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Peebles West Funeral Chapel.
Edgar Wheeler
TUPELO – Edgar James Wheeler died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Second Baptist M.B. Church, where he was active in the Male Choir. He enjoyed playing and watching baseball, and watching western movies.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be at the Verona City Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one child, Winifred Herron; two grandchildren, Ananda Baker and Kieayla Tucker, all of Okolona; one brother, Earl (Mattie) Wheeler of Verona; three sisters, Glenda (Emmitt) Logan of Plantersville, Mary Jo (Jimmy) Souter of Pontotoc and Phyllis Freeman of Verona; special niece, Eloise Clark of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Gary W. Trice, Arvell Bailey and his pastor, the Rev. Larry Stone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Louollie Shack Wheeler, two sisters, Mary Montgomery and Louise Martin; and two brothers, George Wheeler and Wayne Wheeler.
Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Online condolences can be made to the Wheeler family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Jimmy Shaffer
WEST POINT – James Patrick “Jimmy” Shaffer Sr., 47, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born March 18, 1965, in Aberdeen to W. Mae Walker Barclay and the late Larry E. Shaffer Sr. He worked in electrical maintenance and later was a supervisor for Avantage Cabinet Company. He was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Old Montpelier Cemetery with Bro. Alan Garbutt officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his two daughters, Carrie Andrews of West Point and Emily Shaffer of Saltillo; two sons, James Patrick Shaffer Jr. of Rogers, Ark., and Shawn Shaffer of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Phillip Andrews, Kileigh Shaffer and Olivia Andrews; his mother, W. Mae Walker Barclay of Louisville; his sisters, Linda Hopson of Advance, Mo., and Janie Powers of Alexander City, Ala., Donna Kelly of Dothan, Ala., Debbie Habel of West Point, Jennifer Lejune of Caledonia, Julie Sandlin and Sherri Sparks, both of Richmond, Ind.; one brother, Larry Shaffer of Louisville; and his fiancée, Martha Clardy of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Jerry Douglas Coggins Jr.
Pallbearers will be David Parrish, Darrell Seawright, Michael Dill, Daniel Clardy, Buddy Clardy and Josh Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., and the staff of North Mississippi Medical Center.
Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
John Redmond Jr.
OXFORD – John P. Redmond Jr., 84, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Seaborn Bond Cemetery, west of Wiggins. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmant Place, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Leonard Phillips
CORINTH – Leonard Phillips, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Gideons.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Michelle Hickam
PONTOTOC – Michelle Hickam, 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Rickey Tyler
SALTILLO – Rickey Lynn Tyler, 57, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home. He was a retired employee of Tecumseh. He enjoyed doing yard work for his friends and neighbors, and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Ruby King of Saltillo; one son, Rodney Tyler (Stephanie) of Myrtle; four sisters, Elanise Hall of Plantersville, Betty Floyd of Baldwyn, Brenda Jackson of Nettleton and Janet Bridges (Tony) of Fawn Grove; one brother, Donald Tyler (Edna) of Plantersville; and four grandchildren, Michael O’Neal, Ryan Cook, Jonathan Tyler and Amanda Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clay King, and a sister, Ann Tyler Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Cook, Jonathan Tyler, Corey Floyd, Jimmy Floyd, Tony Bridges, Randle Baswell and Michael O’Neal.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Young
BATESVILLE – Mildred V. Young, 91, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Golden Living Nursing Facility in Batesville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Batesville. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
James Gilder
MOOREVILLE – James H. Gilder, 88, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his residence in Mooreville after an extended illness. He was born on Feb. 25, 1924, in Vardaman to Oscar Kelly Gilder and Lottie Lee Harrelson Gilder. He grew up in Calhoun County and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Radar Man Third Class. He attended Delta State University. He was the owner/operator of Delta Optical in Greenville. He later lived in Memphis and then moved to Tupelo where he was owner/operator of Tupelo Optical Dispensary for more than 40 years. He married Mary Frances Nokes Gilder in Greenville on March 24, 1951. A member of the Harrisburg Baptist Church, he was devoted to his family. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and enjoyed gardening and fishing and music. He played several stringed instruments, loved to sing and was an avid gospel music fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his nephews, Bros. Ray and Charles Gilder, officiating. A graveside committal service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Midway Cemetery on Hwy. 341 South of Vardaman. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to service Thursday, all at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Gilder of Mooreville; a son, Roger Dean Gilder of Byhalia; five daughters, Debbie Lynn Vansant (Ronnie) of Blue Mountain, Linda Frances VanVourellis of Fulton, Kathy Diane Savery (Mitchell) of Tupelo, Dana Marie Wilson (Ben) of Belden and Maryann Gannon of Lake Piomingo; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James “Jimmy” Gilder, in 1989; and nine siblings.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Casey Jones, Blaine Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Sean Savery, Joshua Gilder, Jimmy VanVourellis and Corbin Gilder.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James Purvis
OXFORD – James E. Purvis, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Springhill Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Springhill Cemetery Fund, c/o Jimmy Bratton, 1623 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Judon
ECRU – Bobby “Frog” Judon, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Westhaven Hospice in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Annie Dean
WEST POINT – Annie Pearl Dean, 67, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Third Mount Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Gladney Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Streetman
MOOREVILLE – James Luther Streetman, 68, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born on Dec. 13, 1943, in Tishomingo County to Luther Samuel and Evie Frances Wilkins Streetman. A native of Iuka, he had lived in Lee County for the past 53 years. He was a former machine operator for Stanley Products in Tupelo and a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed making crafts and being with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Rickey Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Marie Williams Streetman of Mooreville; one daughter, Judy Streetman (Rick) of Pontotoc; four sons, Jamie Streetman (Amy) of Mooreville, Michael Hall of the home, Randle Streetman (Tammy) of Mantachie and Richard Streetman of Saltillo; two stepdaughters, Judy Dillard (Jerry) of Nettleton and Sandy Pearson of Shannon; three stepsons, Rickey Hall (Rebecca) and Jerry Hall, all of Mooreville, and Bill Hall (Diane) of Nettleton; four sisters, Readus Streetman of Red Bay, Ala., Kathy Belue and Mary Jernigan, both of Hamilton, Ala., and Betty Vandergriff of Rienzi; two brothers, Milton Streetman (Nelda) of Rienzi and Sammy Streetman (Teresa) of Booneville; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Donna Gail Stelo; two sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Cody Streetman, Justin Parks, Adam Pearson, Casey Rogers, Brandon Streetman and Justin Streetman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Streetman, Taylor McGregory, Rickey Hall, Jerry Dillard, Joseph Streetman and Curtis Rogers.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com
Raymond Sandlin Sr.
NEW ORLEANS – Raymond M. “Alabama” Sandlin Sr., 75, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Lamar County, Ala., to Clyde and Vick Sandlin. He was employed by the city of New Orleans for 34 years. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in the Peaceful Valley/Carolina community of Itawamba County. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Services were Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Otts Funeral Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Bro. Joey Goodwin and Bro. Jesse Betts officiated. Burial was in the Sandlin Family Cemetery.
He is survived by four daughters, Brenda “Joyce” Siddall (Charles), Carol Sandlin (Gerard Breaux), Lisa Griffen (Brian) and Diane Lasyone (Darrell); one son, Raymond M. “Tiger” Sandlin Jr. (Carmen); one sister, Wynell Colburn; two brothers, Richard Sandlin and JW Sandlin (Rita); grandchildren, Jamie (Michele), Scott (Allison), Petey (Rachel) Siddall, Angel Siddall Nanney (Bobby), Troy (Jessica) Zahn, Nicholas (Rosalie) Griffen, Michael (Tracey) and Amber Netto, Brit-lea Lasyone and Corey Sandlin; great-grandchildren, Jacob Siddall, Andrew (Erin) and Madison Nanney, Brooke Zahn, Brianna and Pete Griffen, Cooper and Ella Netto; longtime companion, Donna Faye Smith, and her children, Joel (Vicki) Harbor, Tina (Brad) Standifer, Tracy (Kacey) Harbor, and grandchildren, Scott and Jeb Smith, Kortney Ewing, Zeb Ozbirn, Tailyn Standifer, Dicy Jackson, Mac Harbor; special little friends, Kaylee Jo and Anna Grace Hankins, all of the Peaceful Valley/Carolina community; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha Jean Sandlin; second wife, JoAnn Sandlin; sisters, Polly Hudson, Betsy Colburn and infant sister, Dolly; and a granddaughter, Tonya Zahn.
Pallbearers were grandsons and granddaughter, Amber Netto. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Nanney and members of the Peaceful Valley Hunting Club, Barry Tribble, Bobby Blake, David and Kim Hankins, Jed Moore, Jeff and Melissa Ramey, Mikeal Franks, Chris Franks, David Powell, Jimmy Dale Moore, Mark Johnson, Billy Mac Bennett and Jackie Waddle.