Obituaries September 10, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Williamson Jr.
MOOREVILLE – James Alex Williamson Jr., 81, United State Army, Retired, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born on March 20, 1931, in Lee County to the late James Alex Williamson Sr. and Oriel Maxwell Williamson Bradley. A native of Baldwyn, he served five years in the U.S. Navy and another 23 in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1972. Eventually attaining the rank of Command Sergeant Major, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a Paratrooper making over one hundred jumps in his career. He was attached to the First Calvary Division during his two tours of duty in Vietnam.He saw action in the Korean War, and also served in the Dominican Republic. He was the recipient of three purple hearts and one Silver Star. After retiring from the Army in 1972, he settled in Tupelo where he owned and operated Action Locksmith Corporation for 38 years. He was a member of 1st Baptist Church in Fulton and was an active member of the Upper Room Sunday School Class. He enjoyed the fellowship of his church family and participated in many of their activities. An avid Civil War buff, he was a longtime member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Harrisburg Camp 645 in Tupelo with the rank of Second Brigade Commander. A Shriner and Master Mason, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Ms. F & A. M. and Masonic Lodge 0108 in Baldwyn. He also served in the Rotary Club of Baldwyn for many years.
Other hobbies and interests included gun collecting and vintage Chevrolets that he enjoyed remodeling. He was a scholar of Civil War History and delighted in reading and studying the history of military warfare. He tremendously enjoyed nothing better than to regale family and friends with shocking stories of his military escapades. He also enjoyed buying gadgets, especially Police scanners and radios.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Holland Funeral Directors -Tupelo Chapel with Dr. Ken Bishop officiating, Pastor Casey Hughes giving the eulogy and longtime friend Bro. John Flippin delivering a memoriam. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the Masonic Garden at Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years Evie Lou Williamson of Mooreville; his four children, Dennis Williamson (Kay), and Steve Williamson of Tupelo, Doris McAllister Thomas ( Kirk) of Wintergreen, Ga. and Valerie Landrum of Saltillo; a stepdaughter, Teresa Webb of Tupelo; a brother, Dean Bradley (Hettie) of Jonesboro, Ark.; six grandchildren, Crystal McAllister of Athens, Ga., Thompson McAllister of Meridian, Corey Williamson of Amory, Jessie Williamson of West Point, Robert Williamson of Denver, Colo., and Barrett Hall of Saltillo; two step- grandchildren, Robert David Webb (Amanda) of Jacksonville, N.C., and Cheyenna Gates of Little Rock, Ark.; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and long-time friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Audie Bradley; his first wife of 31 years, Joan G. Williamson; his sister, Shirley Rodgers; a son, James E. “Pop” Williamson; stepdaughters, Kay Hood and Tami Gates; a brother-in-law, James Rodgers; and a son-in-law, Scott Landrum.
Pallbearers will be the Military Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ken Harvey, step-grandson, Marine Corps. Staff Sergeant Robert “David” Webb Jr., members of his Upper Room Sunday School Class and Sons of Confederate Veterans – Harrisburg Camp 645.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland-Tupelo Chapel.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations, or memorials be made to help fund research for the very rare and relatively unknown Shy-Drager Syndrome. Each memorial or donation will help to fund research for this deadly illness.
For Memorial and Donation information, please visit the following website. Further information may be obtained by visiting the website, or contacting Billy Fetweiss @ 202-638-4101, ext: 109.
Donations may be mailed to Parkinson’s Action Network, 1025 Vermont Ave.N.W.# 1120, Washington, D.C 20005. All donations are tax deductible.
Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with assisting the family. Condolences may be emailed to

Raymond Klemann
HAGERSTOWN, Ind. – Raymond C. Klemann, 47, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond, Ind. Internment will be in Elkhorn Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Thomas Graves
MATHISTON – Thomas H. Graves, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Mathiston with burial to follow in the Blyth Creek Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Monroe Cole
VERONA – Monroe Cole, 64, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. He was born June 17, 1948, to Murphy and Susannah Cole. He worked at Howard Brothers and Sunshine Mills in Tupelo.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry M. Stone officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five sisters, Mary Brinker and Augusta Berry, both of Tupelo, Martha (O’Neal) Rogers of Plantersville, Lanette (Lawrence) Westbrook and Tracie (Lalter) Simpson, both of Verona; five brothers, Thomas (Alice) Words of Shannon, Roy Lee (JoAnn) Cole and Roger Cole Sr., both of Verona, Jimmy (Patricia) Cole Sr. of Tupelo and Stanley (Billie Faye) Cole of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. and family hour is 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
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Dolores Lewellen
PONTOTOC – Dolores Lewellen, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, La. She was born on Jan. 27, 1933, to Lawrence and Adelia Dupre Naquin, in Chauvin, La. She and her husband, Dee Lewellen, owned and operated D and D Grocery of Springville for several years. She was a member of the Catholic church. She was a very loving wife, sister and friend.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Chapel of Pontotoc and burial will follow in the Oak Forest Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Dee Lewellen of Thibodaux, La.; one brother, L.J. Naquin (Joyce); one sister, Velma Dufrene, all of Cutoff, La.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Eunice Blanchart, Berlie Gauthreaus, Shirley Bergeron and Janice Naquin; one brother, Allen Naquin; and one brother-in-law Dewey Dufrene.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home and 10 a.m. until service time Friday.
Lois Johnson
SHANNON – Lois Ann Ford Johnson, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 20, 1946, to William Ford and Gertrude Roberts Ford. She was a 1964 graduate of Fannie Carter High School. She was a member of the Snowtown United Methodist Church. She was a retired dietician from the North Mississippi Medical Center after 30 years of employment. She loved her family and traveling.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Snowtown United Methodist Church with Pastor Henry Jeans officiating. Internment is in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Johnson Jr. of Shannon; daughters, Michelle Cummings (Donnell) of Shannon and Lisa Springer (Micheal) of Nettleton; sons, Keith Johnson (Jacqueline), Stacy Johnson (Kimberly) and Titus Johnson, all of Shannon; sisters, Cennie Millard of California, Margaret Jordon (George) of Kansas City, Mo., and Willie Bell Reddick of Okolona; and brothers, Wardell Ford (Aglean) of Okolona, Henry Ford (Renita) of Tupelo, Melvin Ford (Carolyn) of Okolona, Leondus Ford of Okolona and Authur Ford of Shannon.
Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. today at Williams Memorial Chapel.
Wake is 6 to 7 p.m. today at Williams Memorial Chapel.

Florene Ables
DENNIS – Florene Maxwell Ables, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. She was born in Mississippi to G.L. and Cordelia Sartain Maxwell. She was a minister for 50 years and worked at Blue Bell. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Curtis Shelton and Bro. James Gray officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens.
Survivors are three daughters, Juanita Ables Free, Cathy Ables Hunter (James) and Alma Ables Lewis (Robert); three sons, Stanley Ables Jr. (Monique), Paul Ables (Judy) and Jerry Ables (Ellaween); 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby Maxwell; and a host of other family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Ables; her parents; a grandson, Jason Free; a granddaughter, Carol Free Smitherman; two brothers, James Floyd Maxwell and Flaves Maxwell; and three sisters, Flonnie Maxwell Ables Ford, Leatrice Willson and Lavelle Maxwell Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Keith Smith, Donnie Wooten, Tim Winters, Benford Pierce, Stacy Free and Bobby Rea.
Visitation is until service time today.
Essie Springer
TUPELO – Essie L. Springer died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Bud White
OXFORD – Willie “Bud” White, 62, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.

Pearlene Jackson
OXFORD – Pearlene Jackson, 62, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.

Larry McMillen
NEW ALBANY – Larry McMillen, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Martha Braddock
GLEN – Martha “Bonnie” Jackson Dixon Braddock, 64, died Satuday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Service is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Internment is at Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Tuesday.
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Bill McKinney
AMORY – William “Bill” McKinney, 88, died on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.Joyce Fleming
DERMA – Joyce Lee Fleming, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at her residence. She was born March 2, 1933 in Huntsville, Ala., to William Homer Herlston and Minne B. Crabtree Roberson. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Ward’s Short Stop in Vardaman. She was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church where she was a member of The Merry Hearts Club.
Graveside service is at 2 p.m. today at Poplar Springs Cemetery with Dr. Jon Stewart officiating. Parker Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, John Phillip Fleming of Derma; daughter, Deborah Lynn (Billy Wayne) Parker of Derma; son, Phillip Edward (Kim) Fleming of Huntsville, Ala; sister, Helen Ruth (Ernest) Sherrill of Derma; brother, William Thomas (Teressa) Herelston of Nashville, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Vanessa (Corey) Jones, Deanna (Jeremy) Winter, Kristen (Howard) Goddson, Kyle Fleming and Chipper Fleming.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Jo Pugh.
Pallbearers are Rocky Fleming, Howard Goodson, Corey Jones, David Logan, Ricky Parker, David Ward and Jeremy Winter.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Vardaman First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 173 Vardaman, MS 38878 or St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or The Salbation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
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Johnny Garrett
MYRTLE – John “Johnny” Wayne Garrett, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Pontotoc County, to Henry Burtis Garrett and Agnes Etoye Lambert Garrett. He was a retired employee of Futorian Manufactoring, having been employed there for 36 years. He loved his family, turkey and quail hunting and working with his horses. He was a member of the Neely Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Jason Pilcher and the Rev. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Louise Hollingsworth Garrett of Myrtle; two daughters, Sarah Deloris Tidwell and Teresa Ann Raines (Ronnie), both of New Albany; son, Jimmy Wayne Garrett (Cathy) of New Albany; sister, Ollie Hester (Morris) of Pontotoc; two brothers, Dexter Garrett (Betty) of Thaxton and Kenneth Garrett (Nadine) of Guntown; six grandchildren, Brandon Garrett (Kim), Joshua Garrett, Austin Garrett (Jessica), Andy Tidwell, Logan Raines and Lacy Raines; three great-grandchildren, Brayden Garrett, John Collier Kidd and Ryleigh Garrett; and a sister-in-law, Hazel Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Anderson; and four brothers, James Garrett, Tom Garrett, Charles Garrett and Peanut Garrett.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Garrett, Joshua Garrett, Austin Garrett, Andy Tidwell, Logan Raines, Ray Garrett, Benny Rakestraw and Perrin Rakestraw.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718.
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