Obituaries October 25, 2013

Pauline Huffman

FORT WORTH, Texas – Lota Pauline Collum Huffman, 97, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born Feb. 3, 1916, to Dr. W.T. and Virginia Bell Funderburk Collum in Itawamba County. She was a member of Richland Hills United Methodist Church. She was known to be the “communicator” for the family, keeping the rest of the family informed about each other. She enjoyed teaching before her retirement, spending time with her family, and traveling the United States.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 25, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Bro. Terry Paul Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Benefield Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William R. Huffman of Ft. Worth, Texas; one brother, Dr. Billy T. (Barbara) Collum of Fulton; nephews, Tommy (Lynn) Davis and David (Kim) Collum, both of Ft. Worth; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. W.T. and Virginia Bell Collum; sisters, Ethel Hall, Winona Williamson, Eutrika Collier, Eva Bostick, Irene Davis and Telpha Collum; and brothers, Travis Collum, Tillman Collum, Trennon Collum, Trelvie Collum, Tremon Collum and Telpha Collum.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Debra Strickland

RIPLEY – Debra “D.J.” Strickland, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 24, 1959, in Tennessee to Lester and Calburdia Strickland. She was a member of Gates of Praise Church. She was a prayer warrior. She loved to cook and work with children.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Minister Calvin Gillard will officiate.

She is survived by her father, Lester Strickland; four sisters, Josephine Martin of New Albany, Brenda Braddock of Myrtle, Diane Strickland and Sondra Shelby, both of Ripley; a great-nephew she helped rear, Kadarrius; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Marvin Haney

WREN – Marvin York Haney, 86, died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born April 15, 1927, in Nara Visa, N.M., he was a son of Coleman Bailey and Nell Logan Haney. Raised in Pampa, Texas, he was a graduate of Pampa High School. He served the U.S. Navy in the Pacific aboard the USS Atlanta from 1945 until 1946. After his service in the Navy, he worked for 20 years in Avoca and Stamford, Texas, for Humble Oil and Refining Company, later known as Exxon. After retiring from Exxon in 1968, he moved with his family to Wren as the fourth generation owner of Haney’s General Merchandise in Wren. In addition, his work life and hobbies included farming (row crops, cattle, pine plantation), trucking and working in his metal shop on many projects for himself and for neighbors, raising beautiful tomatoes and maintaining his yard. A lifelong Methodist, he was a faithful member of Tranquil United Methodist Church where he served on various committees. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was deeply loved and respected by all his family.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Hugh Griffith, Rev. Harrison Upshaw and Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Tranquil Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Reba Prince Haney of Wren; one daughter, Linda Griffith (Hugh) of Starkville; two sons, Bailey Haney (Pam) and Bruce Haney, both of Wren; six grandchildren, Hollie Haney Glenn (Todd), Hope Haney, Heather Haney, Johnny Haney (Brandy), Rebecca Griffith and Ben Griffith; and three great grandchildren, Gregory Glenn, Bryce Glenn and Lillie Kate Haney.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Katie Haney; one brother, Wesley Coleman Haney; one sister, Etta Frances Roman; and grandson, Chris Haney.

Pallbearers will be Robert Noel Smith, Buzzy Cullum, Herbert Word, Jeff Allen, James Richard Haney and Todd Glenn. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Tranquil United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Tranquil United Methodist Church or to the Tranquil Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Clay

TUPELO – Dorothy Sloan Pennington Clay, 89, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She had made her home at the Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton for the past 11⁄2 years and was thankful for the friendships she had made there. She was born in Amory on June 24, 1924, to Gainey and Dora Ridings Sloan. She grew up in a large family with nine brothers and sisters in and around the Carolina Community. She loved gardening and could make just about anything grow. An amazing seamstress, she enjoyed crafts, loved to cook and enjoyed company.

A celebration of her life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. A graveside will follow at Carolina Cemetery.

Survivors include children, David Pennington (Margie) of Saltillo, Dwight Pennington of Tupelo and Cathy Hughes of Horn Lake; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Una Newton of Amory.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, James Robert Pennington; husband, Maurice Clay; sisters, Martha Grace, Afton Barrett, Grace DeVall and Ina Sloan; brothers, Johnny, Shirley, E.A. and Buford Sloan; and son-in-law, Jerry Hughes.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and other family members.

Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to her funeral account, c/o W.E. Pegues, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802.

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

Ruby Richardson

WEST POINT – Ruby B. Richardson, 96, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Houston. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to service time Saturday.

Howard Ferguson

RANDOLPH – Howard Bailey Ferguson, 71, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He drove an 18-wheeler all his life. An avid coon hunter, he loved horses and spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Tommy Thornhill will officiate. Burial will be in Buckhorn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Mooneyham Ferguson; sons, Steve Ferguson (Mavz) and Matt Ferguson, all of Pontotoc; daughters, Natalie Ihle (Mike) of Tupelo and Debra Murry (Terry) of Randolph; sisters, Doris Pickens of Randolph and Hilda Broome (Carlock) of Pope; six grandchildren, Kristy Dowdy (Chris), Kayla Cummings (Cody), Channing Holcomb, Tanna Holcomb, Brody Ferguson and Weston Murry; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Olen Howard Ferguson; and his mother, Ruby McCord Ferguson.

Pallbearers will be Chris Dowdy, Cody Cummings, Channing Holcomb, Weston Murry, Chad Holcomb and Scott Hughes. Brody Ferguson is an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Tommy Cobb

OXFORD – Tommy Lenay Cobb, 55, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Ft. Collins, Colo. He was born in Oxford to the late Vernon Lenay Cobb and Eddie Carolyn Fooshee Cobb. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was project manager for Deep South Sand and Gravel Enterprise LLC. In addition to being a hardworking provider for his family, he was a loving father, grandfather and devoted husband to his wife of more than 36 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. Brian Bailey and the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Smith Cobb of Oxford; a daughter, Karen Cobb Groner and her husband, Chris, of Oxford; a son, Thomas Andrew Cobb and his wife, Kerri, of Oxford; a sister, Cindy Cobb Estock of Southaven; two brothers, Lee Cobb and his wife, Melinda, of Oxford and Billy Cobb and his wife, Jennifer, of East Memphis, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Avery Nicole Groner, Holdan Tramel Cobb, Jaxson Myles Cobb, Kaston Eli Cobb and Ashton Brice Groner.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Connie Smith

WEST POINT – Connie Maxey Smith, 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Artesia Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Brooksville Cemetery Fund, c/o Melanie Hines, 586 Hines Road, Brooksville, MS 39739.

Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Blanche Brown

IUKA – Blanche Brown, 95, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Tishomingo Community Living Center.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Irene Scruggs

IUKA – Irene Scruggs, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund, c/o Tammy Hampton, 307 S. Wilmuth St., Iuka, MS 38852.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Norris Strickland

GOLDEN – Norris Strickland died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home. He was born March 14, 1933, in Franklin County, Ala., to Clinton Aubrey Strickland and Flora Elizabeth Garrison. He was a communicant of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 in Memphis, Tenn. He was stationed in Mobile, Ala., Iceland, Presque Isle, Bangor, Maine, and Niagara Falls, N.Y. In 1961, he returned to Franklin County, Ala., and became a farmer and hog producer with his father and brother-in-law. In 1970, he returned to school and for the next 25 years he was a tool and die mechanic at Walker in Aberdeen. He retired from Tecumseh Products in Tupelo. With his sons, Robert and Douglas, he operated a portable sawmill until his health failed.

He is survived by his wife and companion of 58 years, Darcy Strickland of Golden; his children, William Strickland of Golden, Catherine Carter (Kenny) of Hamilton, Ala., Mary Boyle (Tim) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Margaret VanLandingham (Wayne) of New Albany, Barbara Thorn of Hamilton, Ala., Robert Strickland (Susan) of Red Bay, Ala., Douglas Strickland of Golden and Deborah Orrick (John) of Tupelo; 23 grandchildren, Anne Marie Walker, Rebecca Boeding, Katherine Pharr, Billy Strickland, Robin Mears, Richard Maggerise, Robert Boyle, Andrew Boyle, Colin Boyle, David VanLandingham, Elizabeth VanLandingham, Brittany Thorn, Briana Thorn, Elaina Strickland, Duncan Strickland, Kelly Strickland, Sophia Strickland, Ronald Strickland, Dathan Strickland, Austin Strickland, James Strickland, Josephine Orrick and John Thomas Orrick; 14 great-grandchildren, Samantha, Hailey, Hannah, Alexander, Bradley, Connor, Brayden, Sarah, Anthony “A. J.,” Landen, Will, Athena, Jase and Caleb; one brother, Willis Delbert; and one sister, Shirley Draddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Leonard; one sister, Nell Beany; and one brother, Horace Glenn Strickland.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo. Visitation will be at the church from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Saints Brew, c/o All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

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

Martha Koonce

GRENADA – Martha Lynn Criss Trussell Koonce, 87, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 22, 1926, in Tallahatchie County to George Frank Criss Sr. and Myrtle Ivy Benoist Criss. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church and a retired employee of Pennaco Hosiery.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Enon Baptist Church in Grenada with the Rev. Jon Haimes officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from noon until service time Saturday at the church.

Survivors include three daughters, Sue Fly (Fletcher) of Coffeeville, Sallie Carpenter (James Henry) of Grenada and Sherri Riddick (Hank) of Inverness; five grandchildren, Jay Carpenter of Jackson, Lee Crenshaw (Katie) of Charleston, Will Riddick (Erin) of Inverness, Lyndi Rives (Scott) of Ridgeland and Lori Beth Chism (Mallory) of Indianola; seven great-grandchildren, John Clayton Chism, John Thomas Crenshaw, Kathryn Chism, Walker Rives, Graham Riddick, Emily Criss Rives and Benjamin Riddick; three sisters, Betty Hendricks of Alabama, Sandra Johnson and Mary Smith, both of Jackson, Tenn.; three brothers, Frank Criss Jr. of Yuma, Tenn., William Criss and Mike Criss, both of Jackson, Tenn.; and her two faithful caregivers, Sarah Ratliff and Katherine Day.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Leroy Trussell and Wayne Koonce; a sister, Sarah Willis; and a brother, James Criss.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Parker

SHERMAN – Robert Parker, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at New Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun City.

Bea Benac

AMORY – Jewel Beatrice “Bea” Benac, 93, died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Dec. 26, 1919, in Gattman, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Dexter and Effie Lee Blair Lockhart. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, Class of 1938. On May 6, 1945, she married William Harold “Bill” Benac. Living in Cohoes, N.Y., for 29 years, she worked for the New York State Department of Labor as an unemployment insurance accounts examiner for 20 years. While living in New York, she enjoyed going to Broadway plays and traveling to Saratoga for the horse races and Summer Concert series. Retiring in 1975, she and her husband moved to Amory. As a member of First United Methodist Church, she was active in UMW and Friendship Sunday school class. Loving, caring and friendly, she enjoyed feeding and watching birds, eating out with friends, playing Canasta, and politics. Her hobbies were reading, crossword puzzles, watching golf and the Atlanta Braves on television and talking on the telephone. She was a member of the Retired Civil Service Employees Association, AARP and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Mary B. Lockhart of Amory; nieces, Beth Deets of Wesson, Rebecca Lockhart House (Robert) of Jackson; nephews, Ted Lockhart (Debbie) of Fairfax, Va., Terry Lockhart (Kina) of Mendenhall, Greg Lockhart (Becky) of Wesson, David McMahon (Maureen) of Green Island, N.Y.; great-nephews, Josh Lockhart (Tanya) of Birmingham, Ala., Davis House of Jackson; and special friends and caregivers, Marie McIntosh and Nancy Reed.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Odell, Delford and Hershel Lockhart.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Don McCain and Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jason Gallop, Earl Bunch, Charles Riley, Larry Johnson, Curtis Lewellen, Charles Sisson and her nephews.

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

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821 or to a charity of choice.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Janice Thrash

FULTON – Martha Janice Hunt Thrash, 87, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born Dec. 19, 1925, to Sam Hunt and Mae VanLandingham Hunt. She was a lifelong conservationist and a former commissioner for the Itawamba County Soil and Water Conservation District. She was very active in civic organizations such as Fulton Civic Club, Eastern Star, Sweet Adelines, Daughters of the American Revolution and Edelweiss Garden Club. She retired from teaching after 30-plus years of service at Fulton, Mantachie and Fairview Schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was a choir member and Sunday school teacher. One of her greatest joys was sharing flowers with her friends and neighbors.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Dr. Kenneth Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Carlton Wayne Thrash of Jacksonville, Fla., and James Douglas (Patti) Thrash of Fulton; a daughter, Jan (David) Morris of Fulton; a grandson, J.D. (April) Morris; three granddaughters, Cassi Franks, Jami Thrash and Mary Leigh (Hunter) Merrill; and three great-granddaughters, Rheagan Morris, Stella Franks and Presley Morris.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Thrash; her parents; three brothers, Curtis, Phillip and Mike Hunt; and five sisters, Myra Cook, Nina McAdory, Margaret Palmer, Johnnie Williamson and Becky Hunt.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Queen Hill

MANSFIELD, Texas – Queen Esther Brackett Hill, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Mansfield, Texas. She was formerly of Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Shelby Portis

NEW ALBANY – Shelby Glenn Elder Portis, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 15, 1939, in New Albany to J.R. and Mary Richey Elder. She was a member of Keownville Baptist Church. She was retired.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Keownville Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Portis; five daughters, Pam Smithey Futato of New Albany, Sharon Smithey Whiteside of Tupelo, Teresa Smithey Cannon of New Albany, Karen “Tweety” Davis of Pontotoc and Rebecca Austin of New Albany; one brother, Wendell Elder (Linda) of New Albany; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Shirley Elder White; and one brother, Waymon Elder.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons.

For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Robert Moore

HOULKA – Robert Lamar Moore, 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was a native of Chickasaw County. He was a member of Bethlehem M.B. Church in Houston, where he was chairman of the deacon board and a Sunday school teacher. He was an employee of Franklin Manufacturing in Houston. He loved gardening, cutting wood, his livestock and fishing.

A celebration of life service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Mays Chapel M.B. Church in Pittsboro. The Rev. Leo Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in Vardaman. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Moore of Houlka; four sons, Rev. Lee (Demeka) Moore, Kevin Moore, Arktavius Moore and Jeremy Moore, all of Houlka; his mother, Willie B. Moore of Houlka; one sister, Earnestine (Henry) Buggs of Houlka; three brothers, Walter (Vattie) Moore, David (Shell) Moore and Bobby (Linda) Moore, all of Houlka; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvert Lee Moore; two sisters, Willie Rene Moore and Emma Williams; and a brother, Jerry Moore.

Viewing will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

James Jones

MILWAUKEE – James Arthur Jones, 56, a native of Vardaman, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Milwaukee as the result of an automobile accident.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at Thompson Chapel CME Church in Houlka. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Helms

PONTOTOC – Floyd Kenneth Helms, 79, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Rosewood Assisted Living in Tupelo. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and Gideons International, and a past member of the Pontotoc Electric Power Association Board and the Pontotoc School Board. He was an avid hunter. He loved his Lord and his church as well as his family and many friends.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Dr. David Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be in West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Sappington, Linda Steele and Sandra Porter (George); grandchildren, Melissa Wise, Megan Coker, Justin McKinney and Maggie Porter; great-grandchildren, Madilyn Coker and Lucy Thacker; two sisters, Melba Williams (Francis) and Diane Bramlett (Steve); brother, David Helms (Betty); numerous nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Byron Faulkner (Nellie).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oleta Faulkner Helms; his parents, Floyd and Lizzie Helms; and a son-in-law, Chris Sappington.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Faulkner, Lynn Helms, Steve Bramlett, Jason Reid, Matt Collins and James Malone.

Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons, West Heights Baptist Church or Sanctuary Hospice House.

Edith Johnson

BOONEVILLE – Edith Henderson Johnson, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Otis Ezell

NEW ALBANY – Otis “Skeebo” Ezell, 102, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee. He served his country in the United States Army.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mallalieu United Methodist Church with the Rev. W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty G. Harper of Glen Bernie, Md., and Diane Walker of Detroit, Mich.; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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