Obituaries October 3, 2010

Frances Nelms
CORINTH – Frances Haygood Nelms, 98, died Oct. 1, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1912. She was a homemaker and a member of Salem Christian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Dennis Smith and Herbie Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Jo Worsham and her husband, Tommy of Cherokee, Ala.; her grandchildren, Herbie Rogers and his wife, Tina of Corinth, Tommy Jo Worsham and his wife, Jill of Tuscumbia, Ala., Mike Worsham and his wife, Vicky of Cherokee, Ala. and Keith Worsham and his wife, Mae Beth of Sheffield, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Hampton Brose Nelms; her daughter, Brosa Rogers; her granddaughter, Donna Burcham; her father, John Haygood; her mother, Melissa Tennessee Haygood; her brothers, Lloyd Haygood, Merle Haygood and Wilford Haygood; and her sisters, Pauline McKinney, Lizzie D. Best and Annie Laurie Haygood.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Hazel Weant
TUPELO – Hazel Weant, 94, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 24, 1916, in Salisbury, N.C. to William and Tilley Doss. After her high school graduation, she attended a private finishing school. She was a long-time resident of Tupelo, a member of the Tupelo Country Club and an avid bridge player. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and remained active until her health declined. A caring and loving homemaker, she was devoted to her husband and children.
A celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Steve Hurt officiating. Additional services will be at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury, N.C. Burial will be in Rowan Memorial Park in Salisbury.
Survivors include two sons, John A. Weant of Lexington, Tenn. and David A. Weant (Nell) of Germantown; one daughter, Carol E. Weant of Salisbury; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Graham Haywood Weant on July 20, 2010; her parents; four brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Senior Friends, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Gerald Laurence
CRUMP, Tenn. – Rev. Gerald T. Laurence, 72, died Sept. 30, 2010, at Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn. He was born June 6, 1938. He was the former minister of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Corinth. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in O’Neal Cemetery in Enville, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Laurence of Crump, Tenn.; his daughters, Julie Swanke and her husband, Michael of Minneapolis, Minn., Lara Ellen Laurence of Savannah, Tenn. and Karen Rushing and her husband, Taylor of Beech Bluff, Tenn.; his sons, Michael Laurence of Phoenix, Ariz., Greg Smith of Booneville and Matthew Smith of Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Keith, Kellie, Mickey, Ivan, Brandie, Bobbie, Anna, Brandon, Cade and Caleb; four precious great-grandchildren, Emma, Hope, Ruby and Rylan; his brother, Leslie Glen Laurence and his wife, Hilda of Nashville; and his sister, Carole L. Rudder and her husband, Allan of St. Simons Island, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Smith; his parents, Virgil L. and Ruby J. Laurence; his brother, Thomas J. Laurence; and his sister, Shirley L. Ogden.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Mildred Burnside
NEW ALBANY – Mildred J. Burnside, 60, died Sept. 30, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.John Swords
TUPELO – John Gaston Swords, 62, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 20, 1947, in Union County to Gaston and Shirley Sloan Swords. He graduated from W.P. Daniel High School in 1967 and then went to Tennessee Tech, where he excelled in football. For 30 years, he was employed by JESCO where he became a vice-president and manager of the Fabricated Steel Department. He was thrilled at being the lead singer for the Paul Rainey Band. He enjoyed golf, spending time with family and friends and living life to the fullest. He will be sorely missed by his beloved dogs: Cocoa, Charlie and Linus. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
A celebration of life will be held at noon Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy Ray and the Rev. Raigan Miskelly officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Brenda Brumfield Swords; two children, John Gaston Swords II of Hattiesburg and Margaret Elizabeth Swords of Birmingham; two sisters, Deborah Basinger (Van) of Muscle Shoals, Ala. and Lisbeth Spiller of St. Louis, Mo.; and one brother, Robert Swords of New Albany; two nephews, Gabe Basinger (Kylie) and Andrew Basinger (Shannon); one niece, Beth Swords; and two great-nephews, John Michael and Carter Basinger.
He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Robert W. and Dennie Brumfield of McComb; and two loving sisters-in-law, Janet Brumfield of Atlanta and Betsy Brumfield of Dallas.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday in the Gathering Room at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House. P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Pennie Lewis
MYRTLE – Pennie L. Lewis, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 27, 1961, in Union County to William Cobb and Geneva Hale Cobb. She was employed as an inspector at Meadowbrook Furniture.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Charley Ganey officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Ricky Lewis; two daughters, Sarah and Jessica; three sons, Shun Lewis, Shane Lewis and Shannon Lewis; two sisters, Barbara Rhea and Robbie Stinson; five brothers, Danny Cobb, William Cobb, D.J. Cobb, Ricky Cobb and Don Cobb; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bonnie Williams; and a brother, Randy Cobb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Colton Grissom
RIPLEY – Master Colton Louis Grissom, 6, died Oct. 1, 2010, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. In his short life, he touched the hearts of family and friends in a unique way.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Kelly Montgomery Fryar of Ripley; his father, Brain Grissom of Baldwyn; one brother, Ben Fryar of Ripley; his grandparents, Don and Becky Simmons Montgomery of Ripley and Harold and Peggy Grissom of Baldwyn; his great-grandparents, Billy and Emogene Simmons of Ripley and Opal Grissom of Baldwyn; his aunt, Marcy Clifton (Shane) and his cousin, Will Clifton of Middleton, Tenn.; his uncle, Hal Grissom (Kim) of Baldwyn; and many great-aunts and great-uncles.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Cortez and Marie Montgomery, Tom and Ora Fay Jones and Odene Grissom.
Pallbearers will be Terry Bridges, Earl Phillips, Ricky Martin, Josh Martin, Johnathan Petty, Travis Tucker, T.J. Richey and Bobby McGee.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of Colton’s doctors, nurses, therapists and caregivers.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Ruby Reno
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Burks Reno, 100, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. The youngest of nine children, she was born Dec. 23, 1909, to J. Franklin Burks and Amanda C. Weaver Burks. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a retired seamstress for Prentiss Mfg. Co. Her specialty was custom-made clothes for her family. She was a devoted wife and sister and a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Walter Downs officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Lana Horn (James) of Booneville; two grandsons, Gregory S. Oakley (Roxanne) of Guntown and Jonathan R. Oakley (Belinda) of Batesville, Ind.; two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Judson Oakley; special family, Veronica, Zack and Zain Gargus; three step granddaughters, Denise Downs (Billy), Lisa Gibson (Bryan) and Sherry Vernon (Chris); two nieces, Elizabeth B. Odum and Kate B. Johnson; and a nephew, Vivan Burks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge Reno; five brothers; and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dr. Thurmond Beasley
TUPELO – Dr. Thurmond Beasley died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, as the result of a car accident in Anniston, Ala.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2010, at New Albany High School Auditorium. Burial was in New Albany City Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany and N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo are in charge of arrangements.
To send online condolences, visit nljonesandson.com.

Vida Bingham
CORINTH – Vida Bell Bingham, 99, died Oct. 2, 2010, at Whitfield Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

James Mitchell
LAMAR – James Donoho Mitchell III, 68, died Oct. 1, 2010, at St. Frances in Memphis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Russell Board Jr.
SALTILLO – Russell P. Board Jr., 67, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Nitro, W.Va., he was born Jan. 15, 1943, to Russell Paul and Sarah Jannette Casebolt Board. He was a graduate of the University of Charleston and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a medic from 1968-69.
He was employed by FMC in West Virginia and transferred to Atlanta and then to Tupelo. After several years in Tupelo, he was transferred to outside sales serving Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas. At the age of 55, he retired and began traveling with his wife, Ann. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Ann Page Board, on Sept. 13, 1997. They enjoyed cooking out and spending time with children, grandchildren and family. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Ann Page Board of Saltillo; his mother, Jannette Board of Saltillo; an uncle, Barney Casebolt of Nitro, W.Va.; an aunt, Ann Casebolt of Nitro, W.Va.; his stepchildren, Jeff Spencer of Saltillo and Paige Repult (John) of Saltillo; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Spencer of Tupelo; four step grandchildren, Sawyer and Sadler Spencer of Tupelo and Cosby and McCarthy Ann Repult of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Jane Clegg (Jim) of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Ed Page (Betty) of Tupelo whom he referred to as his best buddy; and his mother-in-law, Jeanette Page of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Russell P. Board; and his father-in-law, Herman Page.
Pallbearers will be Mike Golebiewski, John Spence, Kenny Ward, Herb Wells, Mark Vernon and Wayne Pinkerton.
Honorary pallbearers will be David May, Rodney Rice and Dave Klyce.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Dalton Barnes
TUPELO – Dalton Lee “Doc” Barnes, 49, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 26, 1961, in Tupelo to Douglas Barnes and Eloise M. Barnes. A lifelong Lee Countian, he worked many years at C and G Auto Parts and at the County Line Store on the Lee/Pontotoc County line before becoming disabled in 2000. A Baptist, he enjoyed people, his family and was an avid conversationalist and practical jokester. He was a fan of NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. He was also an avid wrestling fan. He spent much time playing pogo on his computer and watching sports on TV, especially Mississippi State Football.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Marvin Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Smith Barnes, to whom he married in Skyline on March 4, 1988; one son, Justin Barnes of the home; one stepdaughter, Valorie Owens (Brandon) of Blue Springs; a step grandson, Thomas Owens; his mother, Eloise M. Barnes of Pontotoc; a special nephew, Brandon Barnes; and three sisters, Dianne Williams (Terry) of Hatley, Tiny Oaks (Eddie) of Pontotoc and Anita Fowler (Mitch) of Tupelo.
He is also survived by his in-laws, Carlton and Marie Smith of Mooreville and Kenneth and Patsy Wilbanks of Memphis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Doug; and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Hall, Jeff Lindsey, Tony Dabbs, Jeff Smith, Wayne Blaylock, Chris Blaylock, John Higgins, David Griffin and Lane Smith.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Mary Dodd
AMORY – Mary Burney Dodd, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sambo Bridges
BOONEVILLE – Samuel James “Sambo” Bridges, 71, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 6, 1939. He was a farmer, and he was a member of Norris Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and singing gospel music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Pearce, Bro. Kevin Hatfield and Bro. Tim Jones officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Myrtle Akers Bridges; eight children, Becky Martin (Ronnie) of Tupelo, Pamela Kay Whitson (Bradley Whitson) of Johnson City, Tenn., Tammy McDougal (Tommy), Jeff Bridges (Melissa), Natasha Harris (Shay), all of Booneville, Houston Bridges (Angie) of Ripley, Belinda Jones (Tim) of Baldwyn and Teresa Baggett (Joe) of Mantachie; three sisters, Mary Lou Franks (Clatus), Ode Touffle (Ron), all of Booneville and Shirley McDougal (Sammy) of Corinth; 26 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brad Bridges; his parents, Minor Bridges and Annie Blaylock Bridges Shockley; and a brother, Donald Bridges.
Pallbearers will be Shaun Martin, Brandon Baggett, Tyson Frederick, Zack Jones, Cody Burnham, B.J. Martin, J.R. Akers and Adam Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Baggett, A.J. Jones and Ethan Bridges.

Paul Hill
IUKA – Paul Earl Hill, 74, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery in Tishomingo. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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