Obituaries October 30, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bobby White
AMORY – Bobby Gene White, 73, died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. Born on Jan. 30, 1938, in Lake County, Tenn., he was a son of the William Essery and Ila Mae Allen White.
Growing up in the Tiptonville and Realfoot Lake, Tenn., areas, Bobby married Lola Franks on Aug. 7, 1967. Moving to Amory in 1968, and working at Jones Motor Company for six years, he opened and operated Bob’s Repair Shop for 37 years. A hard-working and natural-born mechanic, he had the gift of being able to quickly diagnose and fix the problem. He attended Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Growing up farming, he enjoyed riding tractors. A loving and independent husband, father, and grandfather, he was the rock of his family. He enjoyed listening to Country music, rabbit hunting, and working on automobiles.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Van Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery, Saltillo.
Pallbearers will be Don Barnes, Harlan Prestridge, Steve Morris, Paul Upton, Charles Holloway, and Michael Schomp.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lola White of Amory; daughters, Glenda Gray (Dickie) of Plantersville and Rhonda White of Azusa, Calif.; son, Gary White (Ann)of Benton, Ark.; sisters, Pauline Bennel of Pontotoc, Shirley Sapp of Saltillo, Brenda White of Palmetto Community, and Linda Newman (David) of Olive Branch; brothers, Harold White (Catherine) of Hickman, Ky., Carl Lee White (Dorothy) of Saltillo, and Doyle White (Cathy) of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

David Croft
CEDAR BLUFF – David Nixon Croft, 72, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at his residence. He was born March 10, 1939 in Noxubee County Mississippi to Lula Belle Bledsoe and Edgar Agnew Croft. He worked as a truck diver for Bryan Foods for seven years, then at Babcock & Wilcox Co. as a “B” Fitter for 25 years. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in West Point. He married Nona Beth Noblin Croft March 11, 1961, in Reform, Ala.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Sarah Windam officiating, assisted by Chaplain Betty Wyatt. Burial will follow in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, Miss.
Survivors include his wife, Nona Beth Noblin Croft of Cedar Bluff; two sons, David Rex Croft (Susan) of Cedar Bluff, and Michael “Mike” Croft (Deborah) of Caledonia; two grandchildren, Caitlyn Faith Croft and Steven Rex Croft; one brother, Charles Warren Croft of Hattiesburg. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Eugene Croft and Aubrey Croft.
Pallbearers will be Bill Tribble, Andy Tribble, Jimmy Donahoo, Butch Blake, Ricky Blake, Marion “Boodro” Marsac, Andy Williams and Floyd Bell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Peyton Petty, Lawerence Frye, former co-workers at Bryan Foods and at Babcock & Wilcox, and all friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1230 Oak Drive, West Point, MS 39773 or to Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Anna Sims, 911 Henryville Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Visitation will from 2 until 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Bruce O. Harlan Sr.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – Bruce Oliver Harlan Sr., 58, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Leland Hunt Harlan Jr. and Eileen Jeffers Harlan. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School, Arkansas State University Class of 1975 and the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville Class of 1978. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Blytheville. He was deputy prosecutor for 2nd Judicial District for the past 32 years and a former attorney for the Office of Child Support Enforcement for over 25 years. He served on the Legal Aid Board and the Arkansas Crime Lab Board. He enjoyed volunteering as coach and judge for the Odyssey of the Mind Program for the Blytheville School System, where he earned the Odyssey of the Mind OMER Award in 2007 and served on the Adult Advisory Council, Diocese of Little Rock. He was very active in his community and loved helping others, earning him Attorney of the Year Pro Bono several times.
Funeral Mass will be at noon Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blytheville with Father Tom Marks officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Jonesboro. Cobb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Harlan, of the home; his father, Leland Hunt Harlan Jr. of Jonesboro; his children, Katie Eileen Fisher and husband, Jacob, of Fayetteville, Leland Hunt Harlan IV and Julie of Blytheville, Samuel Garrett Harlan of Jonesboro, Douglas Bryan Harlan of Fayetteville, Kelsey Jo Harlan of Columbia, Mo., and Bruce O. Harlan Jr. of Blytheville; grandchild, Kingston Harlan; brother, Leland Hunt “Smiley” Harlan III of Jonesboro; sister, Janice Harlan Massey and her husband, Dean, of Jonesboro; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen Jeffers Harlan.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today with the Rosary commencing at 4:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Blytheville Odyssey of the Mind Boosters, c/o Blytheville Middle School and the Catholic Youth Ministries.
Condolences may be emailed to cobbfuneralhome@sbcglobal.net.

Nona Houston
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Nona Wayne Houston, 87, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospitals in North Carolina. A native and longtime resident of Tupelo, she was born Aug. 25, 1924, to R.A. and Vernie Lessel Kitchen. She graduated from Tupelo High School and married Roy Houston on Jan. 4, 1944. She was employed for 25 years at Central Service Association and had previously worked six years for Ladies Wearhouse. She was currently a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church in Asheville and a former member of East Heights Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Park with Rev. Kermit Brann officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Roy Houston Sr. of Asheville, N.C.; one son, the Rev. Roy Houston Jr. (Dana) of Candler, N.C.; two grandchildren, Lisa Holland and Lori Halyburton; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Caroline Holland; three sisters, Mildred Gore and Betty Young of Tupelo, and Dorothy Kettlemen of Holly Bluff; three brothers, Travis Kitchen of Connecticut, and Murle Kitchen and Charles Kitchen, both of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Farrell Kitchen.
The family will gather with friends following the graveside service at the cemetery.
Memorial may be made to East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

E.D. Christian
TUPELO – E.D. “Eugene” Christian, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at his residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors

Andrew Elliot
BALDWYN – Andrew Elliot, 20, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Details are incomplete and will be announced by Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Frankie Spencer
RIPLEY – Frankie Spencer died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Rest Haven Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo, MS.

Gene Prentice
BALDWYN – Dalton Eugene “Gene” Prentice, 85, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 28, 1926 to Lawrence and Bertha Holmes Prentice. He was a retired barber, and Justice Court Judge. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn, he was a 32nd Degree Mason, and an Army Veteran of WW II.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating with burial in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Regina DeVaughn (Johnny), Debbie Lytal (Kenny) and Donna Brown (Eddie) all of Baldwyn, a son, Art Prentice (Ellen) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Cary Evans (Linda), Dana McKay (Wesley), Brian Lytal (Tracy), Paige Lytal, Adam Prentice, Matt Prentice, Curt Brown (Tosha) and Will Brown (Megan); great-grandchildren, Mollie Grace McKay, Sam McKay, Christian McKay, Cade Lytal, Meg Lytal, Jaxson Prentice, Caleb Brown, Catelyn Brown and Jacob Brown; in-laws, R.B. Adams (Betty), Speed Adams, Lois Crabb and Lucille Barrett; stepbrother, Bob Tolar; special nephews and nieces, Johnny Prentice, Jimmy Prentice (Jane) and Sharon Prentice.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Adams Prentice; a brother, Archie Prentice,
stepmother, Chessie Prentice.
Grandsons will serve as pall bearers.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until service time today.

Hellon Rainer
RIPLEY – Hellon Rainer, 83, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at her home. Details were incomplete and will be announced by Foster & Sons Funeral Home of Ripley.

Mary Kincheloe
NEW ALBANY – Mary Lou Mann Kincheloe, age 81, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Iuka Hospital. She was born on Jan. 23,1930 in Benton County. She was a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church where she participated in the Friends Senior Adult Group. She was retired from South Central Bell, and Baptist Memorial Hospital -Union County where she had worked as a switch board operator.
Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Ingomar Baptist Church with Bro. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathey Mann Robbins (David) of Booneville; two grandchildren Kyle and Kurt Robbins both of Booneville; a stepdaughter, Diane Wilson Hammack (Henry) of Aberdeen; special niece and nephews, Frank Gadd, Walter Gadd (Vacellia), Tommy Gadd, Glenda Lacey (Roger), Dr. Tom Mann (Marann), and a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wes and Rachel Gadd; three husbands, Howard Mann, Jim Wilson, and Browne Kincheloe; two brothers W. M. Gadd and Hiram Gadd; and one nephew Charles Gadd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at Ingomar Baptist Church.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com

Wilburn Walls
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Wilburn E. “Bill” Walls, 91, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. He was a native of Pontotoc County and former resident of the Randolph community. Funeral arrangements were incomplete and will be announced by the Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville.

Omeria Jones
AMORY – Omeria N. Jones, 78, died on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born on Dec. 27, 1932, in McCondy, Miss., she was a daughter of Irene Harper and Clifton William Nabors, Sr. She attended Egypt schools and graduated from Houston High School, Class of 1950. Founding Amory Butane along with her husband in the early 1950’s, she was their bookkeeper. She later worked as an administrative assistant with Amory Marine. A very thoughtful lady who deeply loved her family, she was of the Baptist faith. Feisty and outspoken, she was a country music fan, a member of numerous fan clubs, and was a 20-year attendee of the CMA Music Fest (Fanfare) in Nashville. Passionate about traveling, she loved attending all kinds of concerts, the circus, ice shows, performances by her granddaughters, and any other special events. She enjoyed scrapbooking, baking, sewing, making jams and jellies, and playing games. Always happy and fun-loving, she was most pleased with the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in McCondy Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Herbert, Mike, Richard, and Corey Langford, Chris Finn, and Jimmy Lenoir.
She is survived by sons, Mark Jones (Lina) of Vicksburg, and Milton Jones (Donna) of Nettleton; daughters, Melissa Rutledge (Tim) of Madison, and Marsha Jones (Lew Weiss) of Nashville; grandchildren, Emily Whitaker (Jason), Drew, Shane, and Seth Jones, Jonathan and Laura Rutledge, and Lendsi Jones; great-grandson, Reese Whitaker, stepgreat-grandchildren, Morgan and Molly Whitaker; sisters, Imogene Langford of Amory, Eleanor Lenoir of Denham Springs, La., and Virginia Carter (Larry) of Van Fleet; brother, James Nabors (Eunice) of Ridgeland; nine nieces and 16 nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifton Nabors, Jr.
Visitation will be from noon until the service hour, today at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials, in lieu of flowers, be given to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jerry E. Dye
BREWER – Jerry E. Dye., 69, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 5, 1942 to Evis Dye and Arlie Mae Long. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards and spending time with family. He also had served with the Mississippi National Guard
A memorial service will be at 4:00 p.m. today at Brewer Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Tracy (Renee) Dye of Brewer and Terry (Tina) Dye of Tupelo; one stepson, Tony Vance of Brewer; one sister, Sharon Dye (Joe) Minga of Brewer; and eight grandchildren; special friend, Linda Homan of Brewer.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Brewer Baptist church Men’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be at 3 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Brewer Baptist Church, 302 CR 520, Shannon, MS 38868 or Hope Church, 2094 McCullough Blvd. Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences please visit our website at www.leememorialonline.com

Zakk Lindley
PLANTERSVILLE – Zakkery Dean Lindley, 20, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, near his residence in Mantachie after a sudden illness. He was born on July 30, 1991, in Tupelo to Carol Lynn Payne and Billy Dean Lindley Jr. He grew up in the Nettleton/Plantersville areas and just recently moved to Mantachie. He attended Shannon High School and was a master musician, especially proficient on the electrical and acoustical guitars and drums. Music was his life including writing and playing in several area bands. He greatly enjoyed hanging out with his many friends who were the hub of his life. He lived to the fullest each day and had the keen gift of making people laugh with his jovial personality and wittiness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from noon to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Carol Payne (Joey) of Plantersville; his father, Billy D. Lindley of Florida; his siblings, Jazzmin Lindley and Eric Lindley, both of Plantersville, and Joren Lindley of Iowa; his grandmother, Brenda Lindley of Guntown, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bobbie Nell Williams Payne and Ross Payne and Billy D. Lindley Sr.; and his uncle, William Payne.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Euclee Hoots
AMORY – Euclee Phillips Hoots, 95, died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Nov. 5, 1915, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late W.M. and Lillie Bell Tubb Hoots. She was in the first graduating class of Hatley High School in 1935. She married Lawrence Trice Hoots in 1940. Retiring in 1984, she had worked as a seamstress with Glenn Manufacturing. She was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and the Ruth Whitehead Sunday school class. Passionate about her family and keeping in contact with them, she was especially proud of her grandchildren. Preferring to be outside on her porch, she enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading, and working crossword puzzles.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
She is survived by sons, Douglas Hoots (Peggy) and Phil Hoot (Glenda) of Smithville; grandchildren, Renee Vineyard (Steve) of Smithville, Van Hoots (Alisha) of Amory, Michael Hoots of Memphis, and Clint Hoots (Prissy) of Fulton; great-grandchildren, Lindsey Vineyard and Cameron Pierce of Amory, Ashton Hoots of Fulton, Emily and Megan Vineyard of Tavares, Fla.; and her caregiver, Sue Majors.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Trice Hoots; sisters, Azalee Duvall, Retta Lann, Dellie Samples, and Rennie, Verna, Vona and Velma Phillips; and brothers, Carlton, Gurdon, Bill and Sherman Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Van Hoots, Steve Vineyard, Clint Hoots, Michael Hoots, Prentiss Wigginton, Jimmy Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces, Eloise Harrison, Dimple Kiser, Francis Faulkner, Nell Justice; and nephews, Glenn Duvall, and Don, Dennis, Mac Phillips; the Staff of Oak Tree Plantation; and the Staff with Community Hospice.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 72, Smithville, MS 38870 or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ruby Thompson
POTTS CAMP – Ruby Brownlee Thompson, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Union County. She was a retired inspector for the Frieling Co. and a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, G.R. Thompson, her children, Robert “Buster” Thompson, Coy Floyd and Catherine Thompson Polston; her grandchildren, Chris Thompson (Andrea), Timothy Thompson (Liz), Bobby Thompson (Shelby), Peggy Monk, John Floyd, Saundra Maglipon and Michael Floyd; her great-grandchildren, Sarah, Patrick, Jeramiah, Jordan, Kylan, Logan, Evan, Blake, Shelby, Allan, Michael, Miranda, Corina , Marrissa, Ke’Koa, Kobe and Alexis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva E. Brownlee and Mary Rhew Brownlee.

Colleen Dill
HATLEY – Colleen Dill, 78, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.