Obituaries October 28, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Richard Stone Sr.
VERONA – Richard Eugene Stone Sr., died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born July 15, 1926 in Okolona to John Hamilton Stone and Ida Miriam Gregory Stone. He was a graduate of Okolona High School and attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship. He was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Pledge. Richard was a WW II veteran serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters with the U.S. Navy Net Depot Construction Batallion. During his early years, he was owner of Ferguson Plantation in the prairie, south of Okolona, raising cotton, corn and cattle. He was a state trooper with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Deputy Sheriff of Madison County. He was a heavy equipment operator for Phillips Construction Company in Tupelo. He was a member of Verona United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men and the Adult Bible Class. He was former president of Verona Lions Club and organizer and president of Verona Civic Club.
A celebration of life service, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Okolona First United Methodist Church with the Rev. H.B. Miller and the Rev. Dennis Fink officiating. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Stone family plot at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Myra Linda Ramsey Stone; three children, Linda Carol Stone McCollum of Madison, Ladye Jane Stone of Houston, Texas, and Richard Eugene Stone Jr. (Jamie) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, David Sterling Byrd, Ella Jayne Stone, Anna Katherine Stone and Richard Eugene Stone III; one brother, John Hamilton Stone (Mary Louise) of Okolona; and one sister, Idanelle Stone of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother, John Norman Stone; one sister, Miriam Stone; and a nephew, Jeff Jones.
Pallbearers will be David Sterling Byrd, Steve Schultz, Mike Curtis, Dave Allen, Tommy Goff, Kenneth Steele, Darwyn Cozart and Bob Pruett. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John White and staff, Sanctuary Hospice House staff, Dr. Clyde Phillips and staff, Dr. Joseph Adams, members of Verona Civic Club, the Methodist Men’s Club, the Adult Bible Class and Honorable Gary Carnathan.
Visitation is noon until service time Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or Verona First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Verona, MS 38879. Condolences may be emailed to
Marshall Baker III
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – John Marshall Baker 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.

Keith Middleton
WEST POINT – Keith Middleton, 84, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Kosciusko State Veterans Home in Koscuisko. He was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Webster County to Georgia Mattie Shewmake Middleton and Dalton Bradley Middleton. He worked in Management for Babcock and Wilcox Company until retirement. He was a member of First Baptist Church, West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40 F. & A.M., Chapter No. 95, Council No.16 and Commandery No. 20. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He married Myra Odean Clanton Middleton on Nov. 4, 1950, in Bellefontaine.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. The body will lie at the church from 1:30 p.m.until service time at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Marcie M. Bean (Donny) of Crestwood, Ky, Ann M. Wilkerson (Charley Crawford) of West Point and Myra M. Boles (Hardiman) of Independence; one son, Mark Middleton (Glenda) of Winona; nine grandchildren; CPT William Christopher Bean, 1st Lt. Shaun Lee Bean (Ally), Justin Travis Wilkerson, James Eric Wilkerson, Heather Love Dodd, Trevor Clanton Middleton, Hanna Kate Dodd, Walker Hamilton Middleton and Kerry Hardiman Boles; and one sister, Bobbie Blaylock of Eupora.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Odean Clanton Middleton; sister, Jewel Peacock; and three brothers, Wayne Middleton, Travis Middleton and Kenneth Middleton.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Justin Travis Wilkerson, CPT William Christopher Bean, James Eric Wilkerson, LT Shaun Lee Bean, Walker Hamilton Middleton, Trevor Clanton Middleton and Kerry Hardiman Boles. Honorary pallbearers will be John A. Kolb, Rock Redmond, Al Sims, Jesse Harmon, Nephews, Stan Blaylock, Larry Middleton, Dalton Middleton, David Middleton, Terry Stewart, Mike Trussell, Steve Clanton, Ronnie Clanton, Brad Middleton and Steve Middleton.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Home for Children, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773 or to Special Olympics of Mississippi, P.O. Box 2115, Madison, MS 39130-2115 or Alzheimers Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Friends may leave an online condolence at

Jerry Pearson
THAXTON – Jerry Pearson, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Bilbo Stroup
CROWDER – Bilbo Stroup, 88, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Tri Lakes in Batesville. He retired from Crowder School System. He was a member of Blue Lake Baptist Church.
Service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Kimbro Funeral Home with the Rev. Truman Scarbrough and the Rev. Jess Chadwick officiating. Burial is in Crowder Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mona Mitchell Stroup; daughters, Cheryl Stroup of Crowder, Kathy Bailey (Silas) of Courtland, Wanda Faust of Tupelo and Sandra Cook (Donnie) of Senatobia; sons, Cecil Stroup (Linda) of Walnut and David Stroup (Brenda) of Pope; sisters, Rubena Crawley of Sardis and Hilda Austin of Lambert; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee Walter and Orna Murphree Stroup; sister, Cordie Lee Pierce; and two brothers, Billy Ray Stroup and Durant Stroup.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Blue Lake Baptist Church, P.O. Box 441, Crowder, MS 38622.

Leonard Leslie
CORINTH – Leonard Leslie died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Dorothy Vick
GUNTOWN – Dorothy Vick, 67, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She attended Beech Springs Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She enjoyed listening to Elvis and watching his movies.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Tony Brown officating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Vick of Guntown; one sister, Cynthia Oliver of Hattisburg; two brothers, William Berry (Dixie) and Chico Smith, both of Guntown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gollie and Johnnie Smith; and one brother, Tommy Smith.
Pallbearers are Britt and Tyler Smith, Keith Berry and Tracy Vick.

David Durbin
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – David Sidney Durbin, 55, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn.
Service is at 1 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment is at Lebanon Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Ann Lamb
TUPELO – Elizabeth Ann Lamb, 68, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Tupelo on Jan. 29, 1943, to Sidney and Alvie Finney. She was a seamstress at Reed’s Manufacturing Company for many years and attended Second Baptist Church and Southern Heights Baptist Church. She was a loving mother who enjoyed cooking, baking and taking walks. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially during her favorite time of the year, Christmas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Janie Lofton (Jerry) of Tupelo and Jennifer Lamb of Beaumont, Calif.; three sons, David Lamb (Pam) of Baldwyn, Daniel Lamb and Nathaniel Lamb, both of Tupelo; one sister, Myra Gray of Saltillo; her stepfather, James Lyons of Saltillo; one stepbrother, Shelby Lyons (Evelyn) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Victoria Kelly, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Steven Lofton and Randy Lofton; and seven great-grandchildren, Shelby Lofton, Cameron Lofton, Sam Lofton, Micheal Kendall, Cassity Kendall, Makenzee Kendall and Sky Kendall.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Lamb; and a sister, Geraldine Hutcheson.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Lofton, Steven Lofton, Randy Lofton, Jamie Williams, Charles Shurden and Robert Owings.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
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Swain Johnson
ODESSA, Texas – Swain Johnson, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at his home.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Michelle Rizer
BOONEVILLE – Michelle Wallace Rizer, 40, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Northeast Mississippi Church of God and Christ Cemetery on Highway 30 East of Booneville.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clyde Gann Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Robert Clyde Gann Sr., 86, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Brantley Link
LAMAR – Brantley Kole Link, infant of Dylan Link and Kelly Byrd, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial is at John C. Skelton in Lamar.
Visitation is at 1 p.m. until service time.

James Brown
ECRU – James A. Brown, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Community Hospice of Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mildred Pearson
HOUSTON – Mildred Pearson, 101, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Noel Rape
WEST POINT – Noel E. Rape, 77, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT, in Columbus. He was born May 11, 1935, in Chickasaw County to Dolly Bressler Rape and Sherman Lee Rape. He was retired from White Construction Company, a sub contractor to 4 County Electric Power Association and was a member of West End Baptist Church. He married April 19, 1958, to Catherine Inez Cliett Rape.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy
Myers officiating, assisted by Brother Jerome Key. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery Montpelier.
Survivors include three brothers, John Rape of Jackson, Sherman Rape of Greenwood and Richard Rape of West Point; and a special friend, Mona Weaver and her family of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Inez Cliett Rape; three sisters, Mildred Bailey, Mary Burkholder and Dorothy Norwood; and brother, Roy Rapp.
Pallbearers will be Marshall Wayne Miller, James Fowler, Dale Wilson, Michael Wilson, Sam Wiggs, and Ronnie Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Keller, Billy Cox, all the Doctors and Nurses of Baptist Memorial Critical Care Unit and his church family at West End Baptist Church.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284 or to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave an online condolence at

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