Obituaries October 3, 2013

Dr. Thomas L. Vinson

TUPELO – Dr. Thomas Lynn “Tommy” Vinson, 64 died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services were held Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Granville Wiggins and the Rev. Walter Butler officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens of Columbus.

Dr. Vinson was born Sept.1, 1949, in Oxford to the late James Preston and Gertrude Fooshee Vinson. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Columbus. He graduated from Oxford High School in May 1967, then graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1971 with a degree in liberal arts – pre-medicine, and in 1975 graduated from the University Medical Center. He then moved to Mobile, Ala., to complete his residency and internship at Mobile General Hospital, which he completed in 1980.

He was a member of the USAFROTC at University of Mississippi, and upon finishing his medical residency was commissioned to the United States Air Force. He completed four years of military service at Columbus Air Force Base from 1980-1983.

During his 30-plus years of medical service, he served at Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi Medical Center, and many other local facilities, while also committing himself to his local practice.

Personally, he devoted himself to his wife and family, friends and patients. His fervent passions included owning and showing Tennessee Walking horses and supporting Ole Miss Athletics.

He came to know the Lord in 1961 and was baptized at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Lafayette County.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Jean Vinson of Columbus; a daughter, Whitney Allen (Jeff) of Oxford; three sons, Corey Vinson of Oxford, Paul Hawkins (Katelyn) of Dallas and Tony Hawkins of Denver; a brother, Jimmy Vinson (Diane) of Oxford; four grandchildren, Hardy Allen, Scout Hawkins, River Hawkins and Ryder Hawkins; and his mother-in-law, Ellen Davis of Hamilton.

Pallbearers were Bill Dorrah, Edgar Abernathy, Corey Vinson, David Shepherd, Paul Hawkins and Tony Hawkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UAB Neuro-Oncology Program, 510 20th St. South FOT 1020, Birmingham, AL 35294.

Robert Keith Naron

HOUSTON – Robert Keith “Pete” Naron, 57, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 26, 1956, to John Edwin “Paw” Naron and Peggy June Pumphrey “Maw” Naron. He worked in various area factories and delivered cars to the local car dealerships until he became disabled. He served in the Army from 1975 to 1981 and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He graduated from Houston High School.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Brother Mike Jolly officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Peggy Naron of Houston; two children, Ashley Naron and Robby Naron, both of Houston; his siblings, Chuck Naron of Calvert, Texas, Vicki Moorehead, Tammy Johnson, Nathan Naron and Kim Alexander, all of Houston; two grandchildren, Avery Eli Naron and Miley Elisabeth Naron, both of Houston; and special friends, Lisa Reese and his hospice nurse, Carol Crausby.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cassie Naron in 1991; and his father, Johnny Naron.

Pallbearers will be Keith Davis, Robbie Weaver, Tim Finn, Ray Owens, Chance Johnson, Drew Moore and John Cameron.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck King and Tony Gregory.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made toward funeral expenses.

Eugene Sewell

TUPELO – Harvey Eugene “Luke” Sewell, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born June 21, 1926, to Harvey Patton Sewell and Clair Archer Sewell. He served in the Navy and was a World War II veteran stationed in the South Pacific. He married Ophelia Sappington, July 5, 1947, living a wonderful and happy 66 years together.

He was a longtime member of Furrs Baptist Church, serving as Deacon and several other positions. He retired from DayBrite Lighting Company in May, 1988 after 39 years of service. Upon retirement, he and Ophelia spent time traveling, camping, enjoying the outdoors and especially spending time with their children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Steve Cohea and Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Private burial will follow in Zion Presbyterian Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday.

Survivors include his wife, Ophelia of Tupelo; his children, Dwayne Sewell (Lisa), Janice Caldwell (Buz), and Nelda Simpson (Frankie), all of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Kerry Caldwell Wiygul (Trae), Carla Sewell Newsom (Clint), Dana Simpson Reese (Brian), Cody Caldwell (Angie), Christy Simpson Plunkett (Josh) and Laine Sewell Godwin (Clay); 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, John Edward Sewell of Pontotoc; and sisters-in-law, Kate Sewell of Memphis, and Lucy Sewell of Tallahassee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Wayman “Darrel” Sewell and Herbert D. Sewell.

Pallbearers will be Mike Sewell, Cody Caldwell, Jeff Sewell, Josh Plunkett, Clint Newsom, Clay Godwin, Brian Reese and Trae Wiygul.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Delilah Mann

ASHLAND – Delilah Irene Alberson Mann, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. She was born Nov. 4, 1926, to John and Irene Peeler Alberson. She was a lifelong member of Ashland Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She loved gardening, (vegetables, fruits and flowers) and loved painting. She was a retired Postmaster for Ashland Post Office. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister J. C. Enlow officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Church of Christ Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John Orman Mann of Ashland; one daughter, Donna Hester (Sammy) of Tupelo; two sons, Lawrence Mann (Mary) of Blue Mountain and Dr. Michael Mann (Cathy) of Kossuth; eight grandchildren, Stephen Mann and Leslie Caviness (Dean), both of Ripley, John Michael Mann (Brooke) of New Albany, Molly Conway (Matt) and Sally Hester, both of Tupelo, Jennifer Cooper (Scott) of Nettleton, Cristae Nickels (Bret) of Atlanta, and Catie Holman (Jon) of Searcy, Ark.; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Daphene Stephens of Ripley; and two brothers, Alton Alberson (Linda) of Fayetteville, Ark., and Avis Gene Alberson (Nancy) of Jacksonville, Ark.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Mann, John Michael Mann, Dean Caviness, Matt Conway, Bret Nickels and Jon Holman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Doris McLain.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel.

To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

A.T. Marlar Jr.

BURNSVILLE – A.T. Marlar Jr., 60, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his residence.

A private service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Harmony Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Baptist Church Fund.

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

Jerry R. Goforth

SMITHVILLE – Jerry Richard Goforth, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born in Flat Rock, Ala., Feb. 23, 1948, he was a son of the late Lonnie and Mae Harris Goforth.

Growing up and attending school in Flat Rock, he had lived the last 30 years in Smithville. Jerry was of the Baptist faith and worked for B&B Concrete, Tremont Floral and Spann Trucking. A deeply devoted and fun-loving family man, Jerry loved being with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors, working on cars, watching TV 39 and wrestling.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Stark officiating. Burial will follow in Coontail Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gene, Cody and Chad Morris, Daniel Luther, John Carruthers, Sonny Boyd and Philip Fowler.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Survivors include his daughter, Lois Vance (Stanley) of Tupelo; son, Paul Goforth (Latonya) of Amory; sister, Estelle Morris (Steve) of Smithville; brothers, Marvin Goforth (Loretta) of Texas, and Bobby Goforth of Alabama; grandchildren, Laura, Amber and Joseph Holt; great-grandchild, Skyler Wade Sanderson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Dwayne Goforth.

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

Lonnie Jeffreys

AMORY – Lonnie Jeffreys, 92, died Monday Sept. 30, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 9, 1921, he was a son of John M. and Icy Mae Cantrell Jeffreys, and he married Sylvia Owen in 1946. He was a minister and an evangelist for more than 50 years, and he was an Army veteran of World War II.

Private graveside services were Wednesday at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Sylvia Jeffreys; three sisters, Weda Stanford of Memphis, Avis Gosa of Amory and Rhea Collins of Amory; and special neighbors and caregivers, Philip and Lisa Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Victor and Connie Jeffreys.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

James Robert Bagwell

WEST POINT – James Robert Bagwell, 66, passed away, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born June 7, 1947, in Monroe County, the son of the late James William Bagwell and Margaret Stanford Bagwell McGraw. He was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point. He was a meat cutter at Bryan Foods in West Point, retiring after 40 years. He married Gail Baugh Bagwell on July 7, 1967, in Monroe County.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating, and assisted by the Rev. Donald Davis. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery in Monroe County.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Bagwell of West Point; a daughter, Shelby D. Montgomery (Jason) of New Albany; two sons, Keith Bagwell of West Point and Johnny Hancock (Whitney) of Monroe County; three grandchildren, Charles D. Bryan, Casey D. Bryan and Taylor N. Bryan; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, James E. Bagwell (Kay) of West Point.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jim Ed McGraw; a brother, Enith Bagwell; and two sisters, Pauline B. Duke and Mattie Lee Easter.

Pallbearers will be Roy Thompson, William Bagwell, Greg Fretz, Charles Bryan, Quince Stewart and Jason Montgomery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas and Nancy Porter, Tommy Simmons, Cecil Pew, Beverly Freshour, Barton Ferry Hunting Club members and the Darracott Country Club members.

Memorials may be made to West Point Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773 or to Lebanon Cemetery, C/O Walt Flicker, 10242 Basinger Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

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

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Loris Golding

NEW ALBANY – Loris Clayton Golding, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. She was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Union County to Will and Leona Wilder Clayton. She was the widow of Louis Lee Golding, whom she married on Aug. 22, 1942. The two retired together from night security at Barclay Furniture. She was a faithful member of New Harmony Baptist Church and was devoted to her family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at New Harmony Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Nail and Brad Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Martha Kennedy (Hoyle); a son, Kenneth Golding (Gail), both of Blue Springs; a sister, Kherchina Grant of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Mark Golding, Patti Spencer (Joe), Deana Olson (Brian), Brad Kennedy (Cathy) and Andy Kennedy (Katie); and 10 great-grandchildren, Tony Golding, Tanner Golding, Tristin Golding, Kyle Olson, Kenley Olson, Hanna Grace Cherry (Will), Anna Kennedy, David Kennedy, Maggie Kennedy and Claire Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, on July 11, 2009; two sisters, Mottie Lee Herring and Etoye Clayton; and two brothers, Budella Clayton and Travis G. Clayton.

Pallbearers will be Brad Kennedy, Andy Kennedy, Tony Golding, Tanner Golding, Kyle Olson and Kenley Olson.

Honorary pallbearers are her Dogwood family.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at New Harmony Baptist Church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Richard Montgomery

PONTOTOC – Richard Neil Montgomery, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 12, 1957. He was a graduate of the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Minister Erin Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Montgomery; two brothers, Jeff Montgomery and Thad Montgomery, all of Pontotoc; his nephew, Chad Montgomery (Jamie); niece, Kirsten Foster; two great-nephews, Cohen Montgomery and Ashton Montgomery; two great-nieces, Eden Montgomery and Madison Melton; four aunts, Lillie B. Lightfoot, Mary MacNat, Lee Brooks and Peggy Nelson; two uncles, Richard Permentere (Carlene) and Audrane Montgomery (Vara); and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Montgomery; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Annabelle Montgomery; maternal grandparents, Richard and Zora Permenter; an uncle, Billy Permenter; and an aunt, Maurine Hardway.

Pallbearers will be Chad Montgomery, Brad Mayo, Lee Montgomery, Mac Montgomery, Mike Biffle and Pat Montgomery. Honorary pallbearer will be Chip Tutor.

Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. today and noon until 2 p.m. Friday.

James Bell

PITTSBORO – James Bell, 52, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

James Swinford

ASHLAND – James Leon “Snowball” Swinford, 79, died Oct. 1, 2013, at his home. He was born July 4, 1934, to Col. Lee and Mary Ellen Hopkins Swinford in Benton County. He was a farmer and a Baptist.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Jordan and Bro. Rosco Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Hopkins Swinford of Ashland; three daughters, Betty Hopkins Perry (Donnie) of Arlington, Tenn., Glenda Mathis (Arlin) and Ruby Lynn Mullins, both of Ripley; three sons, Donald Hopkins (Jane) of Falkner, Johnny Swinford (Tammy) of Ripley and Lee Earl Swinford (Vickie) of Kossuth; two sisters, Betty Jo Abby of Walnut and Mary Lee Thunderbird of Ashland; two brothers, Willie Swinford (Kathy) of Saulsbury, Tenn. and Alvie Swinford (Dot) of Myrtle; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Tyley Barkley, Donnie Perry, Arlin Mathis, Tyler Wolley, Louis Wooley and Justin Wooley.

Honorary pallbearer will be Leroy Thornton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Raymond Smith

PONTOTOC – Raymond Smith, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Praque, Okla. to Harlon Smith and May Kirby Smith. He married Hilda Guidry on Oct. 5, 1991, and they shared 22 years together. He worked as a security guard and was employed by Lane Manufacturing before his health failed. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and being outdoors. He loved animals and would rescue abandoned or stray dogs and cats. He loved attending Pontotoc Apostolic Church where he was a member.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Pontotoc Apostolic Church with Bro. Bennie Randolph officiating. Private burial will follow in Baldwin-Nowell Memorial Gardens in Pontotoc. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Smith of Pontotoc; and one brother, Howard Smith of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Randy Bledsoe

PONTOTOC – George Randal “Randy” Bledsoe, 53, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence. He was born May 6, 1960, to Clifford Laverne Bledsoe and Wanda Nell Matkins Ederer. He was a roofer and electrician. He was an avid MSU fan and St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan. He enjoyed all sports, classic old rock and roll music and spending time with his family.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his siblings, Virginia Bedwell of Saraland, Ala., Mary Lynn Phillips of Shannon, Marie Rea of Randolph, Wanda Dodson of Mantachie, Regina Holloway of Baldwyn, Mary Barnes of Guntown, Jack Bledsoe of Saraland, Ala., and Mark Bledsoe of Oxford; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Clifford Dewey Bledsoe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.

Max Morgan

MALVERN, Ark. – Max Morgan, 33, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Malvern, Ark. He was born May 21, 1980, in Malvern, Ark.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Larry McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his three children, Joseph, Maylee and C.J. Morgan, all of Corinth; his parents, Charles L. Bone and Diana Lynn Bone of Houston; two brothers, Josh Morgan of Palatha, Fla. and Charles Michael Bone of Booneville; and one sister, Tesha McGee of Corinth.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Dallas Bone and Margaret Bone.

Pallbearers will be Chad Diaz II, Michael James, Anthony Pierce, Jason McKim, Landon McKim and Mike Miller.

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

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Flora H. Loden

SHANNON – Flora H. Loden, 64, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with private burial in Doty Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel. A full obituary will be in Friday’s Journal.

Mary Hill

TUPELO – Mary Hill, 47, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.

Virginia Little

SOUTHAVEN – Virginia Little, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. She was born March 11, 1929, in Booneville to Earl and Elmer Davis Chisolm. She retired from Shelby County Board of Education after 30 years of service. She was a member of Horn Lake Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Martin Cemetery with Bro. Gary Yates officiating. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Johnnie H. Little of Southaven; one son, Jimmy Little (Wendy) of New Albany; and three grandchildren, Amanda Mauldin (Calvin), Macie Leigh Little and Jamie Beth Holland.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.