Obituaries Sept. 11, 2009

Zoltan Takacs
STARKVILLE – Zoltan Takacs died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Family Fund at First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Walter A. Parker
PONTOTOC – Walter A. Parker, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. He was a lifelong member and deacon of the Church of Prophecy in Pontotoc. He was a retired truck driver, welder and mechanic. He was a loving husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Jernigan Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Elnor Glenn Parker; one son, Rick Parker; six grandchildren, Paula R. Furniss (Bill), Teresa Dees (Richard), Larisa Waller (John), Hannah Parker, Greta Parker and Tracie M. Winand (David).
He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe Parker; his mother, Bertie Parker; his stepmother, Maetrice Parker; one son, Sammy J. Parker; two brothers, Coleman and Milton Parker; and one sister, Nell Abbott.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Kyle Parker, Michael Furniss, Reed Ward and Wyatt Parker; a nephew, Marshall Wright; and a friend, Daniel Morgan.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Doreen Dencklau
BYHALIA – Doreen Dencklau, 72, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at her home in Byhalia. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Amelia Wells
VICTORIA – Amelia Smith Wells, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at her home in Victoria.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Newell M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in the Mt. Newell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Marvin Glass
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marvin Lewis Glass, 50, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sand Hill M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Willie Hoskin
PHEBA – Willie Frank Hoskin, 66, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church in Montpelier. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Vardaman. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

June Haynes
POTTS CAMP – June Cooper Haynes, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at her home in Potts Camp. She was born June 8, 1925, in Potts Camp. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Baptist Church in Potts Camp 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, Delbert Haynes of Potts Camp; two daughters, Nancy Haynes Mauney (Jackie) of Hernando and Laura Haynes Castor (Tim) of Arlington, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe Cooper and Dan Cooper, both of Potts Camp; two granddaughters, Rachel Mauney and Jillian Mauney; and a great-grandchild, Ashlyn Nicholas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett Cooper and Donnie Barber Cooper; a son, Phillip Haynes; and a brother, Doyle Cooper.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Helen Shappley
BATESVILLE – Helen L. Black Shappley, 90, formerly of Tippah County, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Senatobia. Burial will be in Memory Gardens in Memphis. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Betty Winkles
RIPLEY – Betty Mae Lowery Winkles, 60, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery in New Site.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Walter Cleland Sr.
OXFORD – Walter E. Cleland Sr. 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home in Oxford. He was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Margaret Ramage and Walter Lewis Cleland. He served as 1st sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was a supervisor with Republic Steel Corp. and a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Semmes and the Rev. Jonathan Scanlon officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice E. Cleland of Oxford; a daughter, Rebecca Louise Fleury and husband, Thomas, of Sarasota, Fla; and one son, Walter E. Cleland Jr. of Oxford.
Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.

Dr. William Phillips
MEMPHIS – Dr. William Earl Phillips, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Baptist East Hospital in Memphis after an extended illness. He was born July 17, 1939, in Monroe County to the late William and Lula Dabbs Phillips. He lived in the Mt. Zion community, and he was a longtime resident of Memphis. He was a graduate of Smithville Schools and he attended LSU and UCLA, and received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee. He worked with the Shelby Co. Health Department and with real estate investments. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He was internationally known in the water lily hybridization field. An avid world traveler, he sponsored individuals from other countries to come and study in the USA.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
He is survived by family and friends.
Pallbearers will be John Butkiewicz, Dwayne Phillips, Steven North, Ray Archer, Michael Phillips and Joez Cruz.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rita Mae Brown
AMORY – Rita Mae Knight Brown, 99, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at her home. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Jan. 12, 1910, in the Liberty/Pine Grove community to the late Alex and Mary Etta Malone Knight. She attended Pine Grove School and she was a 1931 graduate of Amory High School. She married Marshall T. Brown in 1933; he died in 1965. She was the owner/operator of Brown’s Grocery on Main Street in Amory from 1948-1968. After its closing, she worked at Alexander’s Pharmacy for several years. A member of the First Baptist Church in Amory, she enjoyed their ministry through the TV programs throughout her later years. She enjoyed gospel music, preaching, and flowers and especially enjoyed cooking for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed visits and phone calls from her many friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jean Hollis of Amory and Elizabeth Ann Beckham (Nelson) of Madison, Ala.; two grandchildren, Reed Beckham (Christine) and Marsha Button (Kevin); and five great-grandchildren, Rhys Beckham, Ashley Beckham, Ryan Beckham, Nicole Button and Chad Button.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Eloise Rackley Miller; two brothers, Dewey Knight and Levis Knight; and a son-in-law, Flavis Hollis.
Pallbearers will be Reed Beckham, Kevin Button, Dean Middleton, Jimmy Brown, Glenn Flowers, Floyd Reeves, M.L. Hollis and Vic Elliot. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Wax, Barry Wax, John Wax, Charlie Lewellen, Roy Armstrong, Charles Kennedy, Lester Cagle and Joe Rieves.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.

Cedric Nelson
OXFORD – Cedric “Blue” Nelson, 54, died Monday, Sept 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Magnolia Buford
OXFORD – Magnolia Buford, 94, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buford Chapel United Methodist Church of Oxford. Burial will be in Buford Chapel Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Ivy
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Mary Alice Ivy, 80, formerly of Oxford, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the Sevier Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. today at Shiloh Cemetery in Lafayette Co. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Major Kirk
IUKA – Major Kirk, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at his home. He was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church and the Iuka Lodge 94 F&AM. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Iuka United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Phillip Kirk (Sandy) of Iuka; one daughter, Pam Monroe (Albert) of Iuka; one sister, Blanche Brown of Iuka; four grandchildren, Alan Smith (Risa), Leslie Kirk, Cameron Kirk and Taylor Kirk; and two great-grandchildren, Veronica and Alli Claire Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Kirk; his parents, Everett and Ruby Kirk; three brothers, Noel, Talmadge and Pauley Kirk; and a sister, Beulah Kirk.
Friends and family will serve as pallbearers. The Men’s Sunday School Class at Iuka United Methodist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Edward E. Miller
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Edward E. Miller, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Pavilion Nursing Home in Lebanon, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Nicholas Wilbanks
WALNUT – Nicholas Shawn Wilbanks died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bob Jackson
TUPELO – Robert D. “Bob” Jackson, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He was born July 4, 1940, to W.D. and Thelma Hollandsworth Jackson. He worked 27 years as a route salesman for Frito-Lay in Lee, Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties. He worked at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the past seven years. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. He organized the first Mended Hearts Chapter in Colorado Springs and received an award for Outstanding Educator of the Year from Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs in 2008. He loved his family, grandchildren and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. Jim Wismer officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mitzi Morris Jackson of Tupelo; one son, Robert D. “Rob” Jackson Jr. (Renee) of Colorado Springs; two grandchildren, Robert D. Jackson III. and Mary Morris Jackson, both of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Bill Jackson (Katie) and Ken Jackson, both of Pontotoc; a sister, Jessie Powers of Highland, Ill.; and a special aunt, Nellie Morrison of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joe Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Robert Jackson III, Dick Stevens, John Smith, Gayle Kinsey, Bill Jackson Jr., Fagan Jackson, Phil Morris, Bill Prestage and Art Prestage.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO 80995.

William Johnson Jr.
VINA, Ala. – William D. Johnson Jr. 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
There will be no funeral service. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., assisted the family.

Emma Jean Moore
BRUCE – Emma Jean Moore, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 2, 1941, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Robert Earl Alexander will officiate, and the Rev. Don Wilson will assist. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Moore Campbell (John T. Campbell II) of Bruce; one son, Wes Moore (Marie) of Vardaman; two brothers, Danny Haire of Tupelo and Harold Haire of vardaman; a brother-in-law, Henry Moore (Wanda) of Vardaman; five grandchildren, Bridget Moore, Jessica Moore, Cody Liles, Charles Moore and Toni Campbell; and one great-grandchild, Kallie Moore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Moore, and her parents, Elbert “Ebb” Haire and Janie Gay Haire.
Pallbearers will be Cody Liles, Wes Moore, Richard Haire, Doug Haire, John T. Campbell II and Daniel Haire. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Haire, Henry Moore and Jerry Dean Haire.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parker Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 458, Bruce, MS 38915.

Kiron Modak
POONA, India – Kiron Modak, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at her home in Poona, Ind. She is the mother of Ravi Modak of Tupelo.
Services were held in India.

Martha Griffin
HOULKA – Martha Nell Zinn Griffin, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at her residence in Houlka. A native of Calhoun County, she was the daughter of John Wesley Zinn and Josie Zinn. She was a member of Mayes Chapel M.B. Church and a cook at the Houlka High School cafeteria. She loved to plant flowers and eat.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Houlka High School Gymnasium. The Rev. Lee Moore will officiate. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Willie Ray Griffin of Houlka; two daughters, Shelia Griffin and Sherell Griffin of Houlka; one son, Durell Griffin of Houlka; three sisters, Dora Crockett of Milwaukee, Wis., Leola Gladney and Dorothy Baskin of Bruce; six brothers, John Zinn of Hattiesburg, Leon Zinn and Willie Zinn of Pittsboro, John Wayne Zinn and W.C. Zinn of Bruce, and William Zinn of Oxford; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Herman Wood
BOONEVILLE – Herman Edward Wood, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford. He was born April 19, 1918, in Lamar, Okla., to the late Hollis Lee and Lender Herndon Wood. He was a retired District Director for Farmers Home Administration with over 38 years service. He was a graduate of Mississippi State College, where he lettered on the baseball team. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Booneville and a member of the Civitan Club. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II with rank of 1st sergeant and a member of VFW Post 15025. He enjoyed bird hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Ann Gifford (Steve) of Annandale, Va.; his son, Eddie Wood (Smitty Horne) of Water Valley; his twin brother, Thurman Wood of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Reichbart (Joel), Katy Wilson and Joseph Canaan; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 67 years, Doris Nell Dye Wood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Booneville, MS 38829.

Eloise Floyd
ZION REST – Eloise Caldwell Floyd, 77, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born March 13, 1932, to the late Jim and Ila Mae Todd Caldwell. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Rest Church of Christ and the “Golden Girls.” She enjoyed flower gardening.
Services were Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Zion Rest Church of Christ with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial was in the Zion Rest Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Randy Floyd of Zion Rest and Jeff Floyd (Michele) of Marietta; two sisters, Elizabeth Gray of Marietta and Sherlene Haynes of Lambert; sister-in-law, Vonceil Pharr (Milton) of Zion Rest; four grandchildren, Brandi Thomas, Hope Pierce, Tilman Floyd and Davis Floyd; great-granddaughter, Brittney Lindsey; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Lee Floyd; daughter-in-law, Wanda Dale Floyd; sister, Earlene Barron; and six brothers, H.L., Spain, Emmitt, Vance, Carnice and James Caldwell.
Pallbearers were Michael Pounds, Blake Pounds, Milton Pharr, Wesley Adams, Bill Warren and Allen Caldwell. Honorary pallbearer was Gene Pharr.

Martha A. Blake
TUPELO – Martha A. Blake, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Fulton native, she was born April 25, 1954, to Willie Marshall Rhyne and Mable Jean Tackett Rhyne. She attended Itawamba Junior College. She worked during her career at the Tupelo Manor Nursing Home, where she received her Certified Nurses Aide degree, and the North Mississippi Medical Center before her illness forced her to retire. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, and loved her puppy, Buddy, and her family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Priceville Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Tutor and Rev. Ricky Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Gary Blake of Tupelo; four daughters, Linda Coker (Rusty) of Louisana, Melissa Holt (Tim) of Caledonia, Lorianna Blake of Tupelo and April Padgett (Greg) of Saltillo; one son, Stephen Blake of the Evergreen community; three sisters, Frankie Hester (Rickey) of the Evergreen community, Debbie Camp (Bennie)of Lake Piomingo and Judy Harmon (John) of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Anna Grace, Jodi Ryan, Matthew, Thomas and Dakota; her in-laws, Ellis and Marzell Blake of Saltillo; two brothers-in-law, Larry Blake (Amy) of Blue Springs and Andy Blake (Lisa) of Gardendale, Ala.; three special nieces, Katie, Sissy and Nickie; one special great-niece, Jayci; and a special friend, Erma Newell.
She was preceded in death by one son, Willie O’Neal Spencer; one grandchild, Anthony “Blake” Dunn; her parents; one sister, Nancy Elrod; and one brother, Harvey Rhyne.
Pallbearers will be Scott Simmons, Matt Ellis, Tony Orozco, Jim Lusby, Johnny Keith and Kip Brewer. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul White; present and past employees of Comcast Cable; and the staff of the North Mississippi Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Priceville Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Priceville Baptist Church, 713 North Feemster Lake Rd., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Mae Clark
AMORY – Mattie Mae Clark, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, in Detroit, Mich., at her home. She was born Dec. 7 1925, in Wren in Monroe County to Essie Hill McIntosh and Robert Lee Hill. She was formerly employed by Glenn Manufacturing Company of Amory for many years. Later she and her family moved to Detroit, Mich. She was a homemaker and a mother to many in the community. She attended the Wilson School of Wren and attended the Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove United Methodist Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Steven Owens officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, James Russell (Barbara) Clark and Larry (Evelyn) Clark, both of Detroit, Mich.; four daughters, Jennetta Clark and Valarie Clark Nash, both of Detroit, Mich., Dorothy (Bobby) Freeman of Nashville, Tenn., and Barbara Davis of Amory; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Exie Brown
MANTACHIE – Exie Hawkins Brown, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Itawamba County to Willie Cliff and Allie Mae Franks Hawkins. She attended Mantachie Methodist Church and had worked at the Mantachie School Lunch Room for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking,, crocheting and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Dalton Dee Brown of Mantachie; one daughter, Margaret Hawkins (Dorman) of Mantachie; one son, Larry Dee Brown (Alice) of the Peaceful Valley community; one sister, Linda Ann Ensley (Jimmy) of Mantachie; two brothers, Denver Hawkins (Jackie) of Coldwater and Billy Hawkins (Betty) of Dorsey; three grandchildren, Nicole Hawkins Bowden, Amanda Brown Bridges (Jason) and Jesse Hawkins; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Bowden and Riley Bridges, all of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Corrine Lollar and Jane Loden; and two brothers, Dalton Hawkins and Tommy Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Lindsey, David Brown, Sam Brown, John Lollar, Gerald Loden, Dennis Nichols, Charles Brown and Eugene Patrick.

Nick Nichols
GUNTOWN – Ernest “Nick” Nichols, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at the Veteran Administration Home in Washington D.C. after a long illness. He was the owner of the Guntown Pool Hall for years. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy, with service in World War II and Korea. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home . Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include his sister, Verby Copeland of Round Rock, Texas; two stepdaughters, Betty Thornton of Blue Springs and Margaret Grissom of Saltillo; several nieces and nephews; his adopted family, William and Gloria Heath, Becky Goines, Billy Goines and Chris Heath, all of Guntown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lillie Ward
TUPELO – Lillie Gertrude Thompson Ward, 75, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. A native of Chickasaw County, she ws born June 5, 1934, to Joella Perry Thompson and the late William Henry Thompson. She was a graduate of Siggers High School in Shannon and Okolona College in Okolona. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry M. Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Joella Perry Thompson; four daughters, Senecca “Nita” Westbrook (Twana) of Verona, Debra Ward of New Albany, Molitha Ward of Tupelo and Jennifer “J.T.” Tucker (Reggie) of Verona; four sons, Terry Lee Ward of the home, Robert Lee “Yogi” Ward Jr. (Charlene) of Newport, Va., Cedric “Pedro” Ward of Okolona and Gerald Wayne Ward of St. Louis, Mo.; five stepchildren, Jerry Smith (Dee), Jamie Smith (Valeda), Sandra Smith, Joe Fields and Brandi Easley; a godson, Marion Golliday; 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; four special grandchildren, Shika Westbrook, Marcus Ward, Sherita Ward and Raymond Ward; two sisters, Henry Ella Smith (Larry) and Brenda Jenkins (Daniel); and two brothers, Tyrone Thompson and Jackie Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Ward Jr.; one son, Raymond Neal Thompson; two stepsons; and two brothers, John Willie Thompson and William Edwards Thompson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Johnnie Moore
OKOLONA – Johnnie James Moore, 60, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Nathaniel Gladney
HOUSTON – Nathaniel Gladney, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Houston Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Zion M.B. Church with the Rev. Odell Bowen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Gladney of Houlka; a sister, Ora Mae Harris (Charlie) of Houston; a brother, James Gladney of Beloit, Wis.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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