By NEMS Daily Journal
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Dorothy Lucille Chism Williams, 91, died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. Born May 25, 1921, in Becker, she was a daughter of the late Minnie Turman Chism and James Q. Chism. She married the love of her life, Loman W. Williams, in 1942.
Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1940. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Amory, for many years. Mrs. Williams moved to Boca Raton, to be with her family, whom she loved dearly. Although she had been gone from Amory the last seven years, she still kept up with family and friends, and was proud to tell everyone in Florida that she was from Mississippi. She treasured the time spent with her family, to whom she was such an inspiration and a guiding light. Mrs. Williams was a devout Christian, always giving Godly wisdom, who lived life to its fullest, and always saw the good in every situation. Her humor, although not knowing she was being humorous, will be missed by many. Giving of herself, she raised two daughters, and supported her husband as he traveled in the Air Force. She was a master seamstress and designer of clothes.
She is survived by her daughters, Dianne Sanders (Bill) and Karen Rhodes, all of Boca Raton; grandchildren, Eric Kirkland (Tracy) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Adam Rhodes (Mollie) of West Palm Beach, Fla., Tara Esposito (Brian) of Hollywood, Fla., and Dana Rhodes of Boca Raton; great granddaughters, Ella and Lily Rhodes.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 27, 2012, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will follow at Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Eric Kirkland, Van Burroughs, Barry Williams, family and friends.
Donations may be given to Legacy Hospice, 231 N. Main St., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Matthew James Ford, 26, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a graduate student at Mississippi State University, working on his M.S. degree in counselor education. He had completed a B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies at MSU. He earned 14 certificates from the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Ill. He was a member of Adapton Baptist Church in Starkville. As a recipient of the “Make A Wish” Foundation, he was interviewed by Al Roker on March 8, 1999, on the Today show where he made a nationwide announcement that he had cancer.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Provence officiating. The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lehrton Cemetery in Ruleville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday.
He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Ford of Oxford; and his grandparents, Henry and Margaret Ford of Janelew, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Alan Ford; his grandparents, Graham and Ethel Ellis; and aunt, Jeanette Harvey.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Youth Fund at South Lamar Baptist Church, 2885 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Dorothy Vick, 67, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
PONTOTOC – Lucille Rogers Eubanks, 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at her home in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
STARKVILLE – Mary Allene Hudson Smith, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She was born May 17, 1925, in Union County to Henry Louis Hudson and Laura Gaines Hudson. She was a homemaker who loved cooking, taking care of her flowers, and spending time with the grandchildren. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany, and member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Barry Male officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Gay Williamson (Mark) of Starkville and Lydia Moak (Andrew) of Oxford; a sister, Catherine Browning (Gene) of New Albany; and four grandchildren, Herston Williamson and Mary Williamson, both of Starkville, and Isabella Moak and George Moak, both of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, George Smith Jr.; three sisters, Cuple Hudson, Myra Lee Crum and Marie Grant; and a brother, Buddy Hudson.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online visitation visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
MT. VERNON – John Chester “Jake” Caldwell, 89, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born June 21, 1923, in Sherman to Chester Cooper and Notie Lura Phillips Caldwell. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a Sea Bee and ship welder, working on the dry docks, in the United States Navy. He retired from Day-Brite after 38 years. He was a hunting and fishing enthusiest. An avid vegetable gardener known throughout the community for his truck patch he sold vegetables for over 40 years. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jim Manley and the Rev. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, west of Belden.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Caldwell (Sandra) of Tupelo and Buzz Caldwell (Janice) of the Mt. Vernon community; four grandchildren, Tony Caldwell of Byhalia, Candi Russell of Houlka, Jennifer Kerry Wiygul of the Dorsey community and Jason Cody Caldwell of Hernando; nine great-grandchildren; a special friend and caregiver, Lucy Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Vivian M. Moore Caldwell, who died July 9, 2005; one brother, Roy Wright Caldwell; and one grandson, Eric Cooper Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be Tony Caldwell, Dana Russell, Lewis Gambrell, Tommy Bradsher, Cody Caldwell and Trae Wiygul.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the State Veterans Home, 3261 Hwy. 49, Collins, MS 39428 and the Alzheimer’s Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
FULTON – Charlie Naamon Lofton, 90, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. He was born on Oct. 12, 1922, to William Claude and Deller Mitchell Lofton in Mississippi. He attended Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was 32nd Mason and a member of the VFW. He fought in World War II as a member of the 410th Infantry from February 1943 until September 1945. He fought in North Africa, Anzio, France and in the Occupation of Germany. He also fought in the Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. He was awarded several medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Lofton of Fulton and Charles “Chuck” Lofton (Mary Lou) of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Betty Wilemon of Red Bay, Ala.; three grandsons, Timothy Lofton, Paul Lofton and Phillip Lofton (Heidi).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise Lofton; his parents; brothers, J.C., Joe and Nathan Lofton; and a sister, Earlene Lofton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com
WEST POINT – Noel E. Rape, 77, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
PONTOTOC – Rachel Nix Carnes, 86, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
TUPELO – Bennie Hayden “Ben” Simons, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Page Greenhouse at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Cades County, Tenn., to Willie Green Simons and Hattie Lee Martin Simons. He was the son of a farmer and went to the 8th grade in school. He married Lorena Sue Evans on July 17, 1943. On July 1, 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was a private with the combat engineers of the 251st battalion. He served in Germany until his return from the war on July 1, 1946. After his return, he worked on the farm until his hiring with the Newth-Morris Box Co. in Milan, Tenn. He was hired in 1953 by Rock City Box Co. as a plant manager. Later, he was promoted to president over the Tupelo Division. In 1974, the plant closed and he started in 1979 a successful business called General Packaging. After retiring, he and his friend, Dewayne Spencer, owned and operated a chemical paper business. He was a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club from 1958-1980 and served as president in 1964. He also completed the Dale Carnegie Course in 1959. He loved hunting squirrel and rabbit, and enjoyed fishing with his wife. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Come-Double Sunday School Class. An avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan, he was on the board of the Magnolia Boys Home in Laurel for six years. He never met a stranger and was a sterling personality. His greatest accomplishment was sending his sons to college.
A life celebration service with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jimmy Curtis, the Rev. Lynn Mote and the Rev. Herschel Wiygul officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday.
He is survived by his four sons, Dan Simons (Teresa) of Tupelo, Gary Simons (Cynthia) of Brandon, Larry Simons (Mariella) of Brandon and Terry Simons (Dinah) of Tupelo; special friend, Ruth Lewis; special little friend, Emma Rice; six grandchildren, Marc Simons, Nicole Simons, Hayden Simons (Laura), Laura Simons Murphy (Ryan), Evan Simons and Mallory Simons Salloun (Joe); five great-grandchildren, Hallie, Trey, Avery Grace, Seth and Caleb.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lorena Sue Evans Simons, on Jan. 16, 2009; his parents; his siblings, Leacy Ellen Keithly, Willie Maude McMinn Gillam, Joseph David Simons, James Edwin Simons, Betty Simons Stuckey, John Vernon Simons and Calvin Haley Simons.
Pallbearers are Hayden Simons, Evan Simons, Marcus Simons, Nelson Addison, Cliff Nichols and Steve Wilson. Honorary pallbearers are members of Comer Breakfast Club, A.J. Pitts, Elmer Clark, James Fredrick, Chuck Redwood, Andy Redwood, Earnest Potter, Mitchell Letsell, Bobby Robbins, Murray Coward, George Watson, C.W. Jackson, Butch Dendy and Bill Stafford.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABERDEEN – William C. White, 73, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Community Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
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SAN FRANCISCO – John Marshall III passed away Sept. 5, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif. He was born on April 22, 1959, in Woodland, Ala., to John and Sara Baker.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at East Heights Assembly of God at 1921 Briar Ridge Road in Tupelo.
Survivors include his parents, John and Sara Baker of Verona; a sister, Debbie Baker-Dean, and a brother, Stanley Baker.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Kathryn “Kathey” Mann Robbins, 55, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 26, 1957, in New Albany to Howard Mann and Mary Lou Gadd Kincheloe. She was a retired teacher and a member of the Lovejoy Baptist Church in Alcorn County. She was a transplant recipient and an avid supporter of organ donation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Johnny Rakestraw and the Rev. Rickey Peebles officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, David Robbins of Booneville; two sons, Kyle David Robbins and Kurt Howard Robbins, both of Booneville; a stepsister, Diane Hammack (Henry) of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Rick Foster, Dale Bain, Trae Bain, Larry Robbins, Danny Robbins, Joseph Kennedy and Khalil Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Gadd, Frank Gadd, Walter Gadd, Roger Lacey, Dr. Tom Mann and Gary James.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Memorial services for Kenneth Hanson will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Corinth National Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
RED BAY, Ala. – Juanita Martin Baker, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Delores Ann Outlaw, 60, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Elvis “Larin” Crick Houston, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Coleman Funeral Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery of Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the giver’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eve Malinda Dyer, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Moscow, Tenn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
BOONEVILLE – Fray Rinehart, 89, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 1,1923, to John Lee Andrew and Sallie Jane Massengill Rinehart. He owned Shell Service Station until he retired. He was a member of Rienzi Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Dwight Hollaway and Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Juanita Rinehart of Rienzi; two daughters, Linda Downs and Billy Wiygul of Booneville, and Renaa (Bubba) Thompson of Pontotoc; one son, Cary F. (Linda) Rinehart of Rienzi; four grandsons, Patrick Downs, Blake Rinehart, Eric Fitzsimmons and Will Fitzsimmons; and one granddaughter, Tracy Smith.
He was preceded in death by, his parents; six sisters, Verlin Brooks, Ruth Clark, Pearl Johnsey, Fanny Allen, Mary Lee Prince and Ester Doyal; and three brothers, Raymond, Eunice and Ottis Rinehart.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Lula Owens, 53, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.