Obituaries October 28, 2013

Horace Clay Thomas

NEW ALBANY – With his family by his side, the Rev. Horace Clay Thomas of New Albany, 84, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany.

A man of integrity, Horace was a faithful pastor of the Gospel for 61 years. He leaves behind a godly legacy for his family, and he is remembered for the Christian love he shared with all who knew him.

Horace was born on July 3, 1929, in Baldwyn to Virgil and Myrtle Saylors Thomas. He was a 1947 graduate of Center High School in Union County, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College in 1959. During his ministry, he served in churches across North Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta. His pastorates include New Harmony, Oak Hill, Glenfield and Wallerville Baptist Churches in Union County; Shiloh and Wheeler Grove Baptist Churches in Alcorn County; Fellowship and Springdale Baptist Churches in Tippah County; First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat; Beldon Baptist Church in Tupelo; Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenwood; and Trinity Baptist Church in Fulton. Horace was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church in New Albany.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dellynne Murrah Thomas of New Albany; one sister, Dayle Thomas, of Los Angeles Calif.; one son, Dr. Gregg Thomas (Karen) of New Albany; one granddaughter, Beth Thomas Harmon (Trent) of Ripley; one grandson, Jonathan Thomas of New Albany; one step-granddaughter, Kayla Doster (Cody) of Columbus; and one step-great-grandson, Caleb Doster of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Services in New Albany, and services will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Services Chapel. Horace’s son, Dr. Gregg Thomas and Bro. Charles Rodgers will officiate.

Interment will be at Vista Memorial Park in New Albany.

Cynthia Anne Langston

JACKSON – Cynthia Anne was the first of three children born to the late Joe Ray Langston and Dorothy Ann Langston of Booneville, Mississippi. She was born December 7, 1954. Cindy died peacefully in her sleep at her Jackson, Mississippi home on October 26, 2013.

“Cindy” is survived by her beloved sons, Casey Langston Lott (Amanda) and Robert Bryce Lott (Amanda) of Booneville; her mother, Dorothy Ann Langston of Booneville; her brothers, Joey Langston (Tracie) of Booneville and Shane Langston (Rebecca) of Southlake, Texas. “Cin-Cin” was a grandmother to Cade Langston Lott (6), Cohen Bruce Lott (2) and Camden Lee Lott (6 months). Cindy is also survived by many loved nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss her very much.

During her life, Cindy was very accomplished. At age 16, she graduated with honors from Booneville High School (1972). In 1974, Cindy graduated from Mississippi State University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the age of 19. Cindy taught mathematics at Thrasher High School, Jumpertown High School and Northeast Mississippi Community College. She was awarded her Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 1979 with a 3.9 GPA. Finally, Cindy graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1992. While in law school, Cindy served as a Casenote Writer for the Mississippi Law Journal. She actively practiced law for 21 years.

In addition to being an intelligent lady, Cindy was beautiful and active in community matters. In 1974, she was selected Booneville’s Miss Hospitality and later, Miss Prentiss County. She was also named a “Top Ten Beauty” at Mississippi State University. She held the office of Booneville Junior Auxiliary President, was a member of the Booneville Junior Woman’s Club and the Booneville Inter-Civic Club Council. She was a Cup Scout Den Leader, the Executive Director of the Miss Prentiss County Pageant (4 years), and a member of the Booneville First United Methodist Church.

There will be a visitation on Monday, October 28, 2013, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at McMillan Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will precede the service starting at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cynthia Anne Langston Scholarship Fund at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Gil Lloyd

BOONEVILLE – Lois Gilda “Gil” Lloyd, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo following a brief illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Prentiss County. She was a waitress, a factory worker and a Pentecostal. For many years, she volunteered with the Shriners, helping to raise money for the physically handicapped. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends. She enjoyed music and singing gospel songs. She had a contagious smile, a caring heart and a great gift of love for others.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Hale and Bro. Willie Shinault officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

She is survived by four daughters, Carol George (Billy) of Fulton, Barbara Morgan (Kevin) of Booneville, Joy Fritz of Tupelo and Jackie Simpson (James) of Saltillo; a son, Jamey Stanford of Tupelo; two sisters, Kelyon Hathcock of Booneville and Okema Truelove (Junior) of Tupelo; 19 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gilda Jane McCauley; her parents, Robert Oscar Lambert and Ruby Elois Odom Lambert; and three brothers, Marcus Sidney Lambert, Cullen Hugh Lambert and John Oscar Lambert.

Pallbearers are Alan George, James Powell, Micah George, John Michael Walton, Thomas McCauley and Jimmy Fritz.

Honorary pallbearers are Billy George, Bryan Roberts, James Simpson, Kevin Morgan and Rusty Rogers.

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

Mike Speck

SHANNON – Mike Speck, 52, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, suddenly at his home in Shannon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.

Dorothy Spight

RIPLEY – Dorothy Spight, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Jerrell Gunter

ABERDEEN – Jerrell Lee Gunter, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 20, 1944, in North Carolina to Robert Lee Gunter and Sylvia Venell Gunter. He had lived in Aberdeen for the past 12 years. He was affiliated with the Baptist church. He was a cattleman and a farmer.

There will be a private family interment at a later date. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lucille Tribble Gunter of Aberdeen; one son, Richie Gunter of Aberdeen; one brother, Bobby Gunter of Aberdeen; one grandson; and a special friend and care giver, Keith Flowers

He was preceded in death by his parents.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Harold Rowland

WATERFORD – Harold Allen Rowland, 63, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at home. He was born July 20, 1950, to Harold Murray Rowland and Mary Elizabeth Cox Rowland. He was a member of Hickory Flat Methodist Church. He was a teacher and coach for Benton and Marshall County Schools.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Hickory Flat Methodist Church with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial was in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Rowland of Hickory Flat; his son, Carleton Roland (Ruth) of Hickory Flat; two daughters, Leslee Whaley (Neil) and Kali Roland, both of Potts Camp; and five grandchildren.

Ralph Kolb

BLUE SPRINGS – Ralph Eldridge Kolb, 88, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Church Street Personal Care Center in Ecru. He was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Union County to Earnest and Cora Caldwell Kolb. He was a retired building contractor and a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the New Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Nail and the Rev. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Freddie Clayton Kolb of Blue Springs; his daughter, Janie Kolb Vinson of New Albany; his son, Randy Kolb (Betty) of New Albany; two granddaughters, Brandy Kolb of Tupelo and Rachel Murphree (Shane) of New Albany; and three great-grandchildren, Reagan Vinson of Burnsville and Katherine Smith and Clayton Murphree, both of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Earnestine Rakestraw; his brother, Woodson Kolb; and his grandson, Brad Vinson.

Pallbearers will be Shane Murphree, Clayton Murphree, Dennis Clayton, Charlie Dillard, Jimmy Sprouse, Eldridge Littlejohn, Gus Randle, Arthur Koon, Mike McCord and Bill Hunter.

The family will receive visitors at the New Harmony Church Fellowship Hall today from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bob Jones

SHERMAN – Bob Jones, 76, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Union County on Aug. 22, 1937, to George and Selma Floyd Jones. After graduation, he joined the military and proudly served his country as a Marine. He had lived in Sherman for the last 22 years. He had traveled the country as a truck driver. Larger than life, outspoken, loved to fuss and argue, but mostly he just loved spending time with his family that he dearly loved. His other past-time was football, and he was a die-hard Ole Miss football fan along with being a cowboy movie fan and an avid gardener.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Rickey Jones of Belden and Bubba Jones (Tiffany) of Sherman; two daughters, Patricia Stilwell (Michael Windham) of Ripley and Pam Floyd (Tim) of Blue Springs; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margie Booth (Jerry) of Belden and Winnie Banker (Jim) of Saltillo; and brother-in-law, Dusty Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arleene Jones in 2008; his parents; two sisters; and one brother.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Betty Davis

TUPELO – Betty Davis, 68, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Belton Brown

HAMILTON – Belton Allen Brown, 93, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Monroe County to Archie and Pearl Hester Brown. He was a native of Monroe County, a retired civil service employee and a Baptist. He was a retired sergeant after 20 years of service in U.S. Army Service Battery 42D Field Artillery Battalion, having served during WWII and the Korean War. He enjoyed going dancing and being with his friends and family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Robert Moore officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Brenda Ann Weathersby (Larry) of Caledonia, Linda G. Vandiver (Doyle) of Smithville, Kathy West of Hamilton and Karen Pipkin (Eddie) of Amory; one son, Jerry Brown of Amory; one brother, James H. Brown of Paradise, Calif.; two half brothers; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and special caregivers, John and Sandy Humbers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tony Brown; one son-in-law, Jimmy West; two sisters; two brothers; one half brother; and the mother of his children, Novia Brown Pennigton.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Legacy Hospice of the South in Amory.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ruebertha Britt

WREN – Ruebertha Britt died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Zee Barnes

MANTACHIE – Zee Irvin Barnes Jr., 58, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his home. He was born March 22, 1955, in Red Bay, Ala. He was a retired teacher, coach and administrator. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and an avid sports fan.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Bryan Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Marlin Barnes of Mantachie; one son, Brian Barnes (Kristin) of New Orleans, La.; one daughter, Kelly Barnes of Mantachie; two grandchildren, Emma Starr Barnes and Ben Barnes, both of New Orleans; his mother, Martha George Barnes of Mantachie; and two brothers, Oscar Barnes (Becky) of Starkville and Jerry Barnes of Mantachie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Z.I. Barnes Sr.; and his sister, Clara Barnes.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.

Colby Pannell

NEW ALBANY – Colby Hall Pannell, 25, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in New Albany. He was born Feb. 25, 1988, in Tupelo, the son of Eddie and Lecia Hall Pannell. He was a former bridge maintenance man with MDOT and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his father, Eddie Pannell; son Colton Pannell; sister, Megan (Patrick) Hogue; fiance’, Anna Bramlett; grandparents, Ellis and Irene Pannell and Leon and Betty Hall, all of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lecia Hall Pannell.

Pallbearers are Patrick Hogue, Olin Hall, Devin Hall, Ryan Hall, Jeremy Greer and Terry Greer.

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

Michael Alderson

OXFORD – Michael “Mike” Rel Alderson, 64, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Oxford. He was born in Oxford to Catherine Traylor Alderson and George Relbue Alderson. He was the owner of Alderson Properties, a member of North Oxford Baptist Church and formerly served in the United States National Guard, Unit 108.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at North Oxford Baptist Church with the Rev. Fish Robinson and the Rev. Everett Childers officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Richardson officiating. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Daniels Alderson; his daughter, Lendy Brooke Alderson; his son, Mike R. Alderson II and his wife, Cecile; his mother, Catherine Traylor Alderson; his sister, Peggy Leister; and grandchildren, Rel Alderson and Reese Alderson, all of Oxford.

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

Memorial contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church Music Department, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655 or to Community Church, P.O. Box 404, Oxford, MS 38655.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Annie Hysaw

FULTON – Annie Ruth Hysaw, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at her son’s home. She was born Aug. 7, 1944, in Fulton to Herman and Ruth Wren Adams. She was a member of Tilden Church of Christ and attended Fulton Church of Christ. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Ministers David Paden and Russ Crosswhite officiating. Burial will be in Tilden Community Cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Chris Hysaw (Shannon) of Fulton; her daughter, Susan Vickery (Adam) of Oceanside, Calif.; one sister, Johnnie Elliff of Missouri; and five grandchildren, Braxton and Michael Hysaw and Jacob, Samantha and Addison Vickery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hysaw, who died Oct. 14, 2002; and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Eric Morris, Lee Elliff, Doug Smith, Elvis Roberts, Joe Williams and Jim Gann.

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

Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.