Obituaries September 11, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Taylor Hopkins
TUPELO – Taylor Hopkins, 93, died Sept. 9, 2011, at his residence at the Greenhouses of the Traceway Retirement Community Campus. He was born Nov. 23, 1917, to Harvey and Bessie Hopkins. He was a Veteran of World War II (1942-1946), serving in Germany. He retired from the Tupelo Police Department (1954-1974); served as chief deputy sheriff in Lee County (1976-1980), and served a number of years as a Lee County Circuit Court bailiff until his retirement at age 80. He loved woodworking and made a number of home decor pieces and custom made doghouses for people in north Mississippi. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. David Langerfield officiating with burial in the Pratt cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Ellen Kennedy (Danny) of Tupelo, Denise Kennedy-Brown (Jason), Jennifer Griffin (Daniel), one great-granddaughter, Alinea Grace Griffin of Tupelo, brother-in-law, John H. Mabry of Baldwyn, and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Hopkins; three sisters, Beatrice Herring, Gertrude Magers and Hazel Cook; two brothers, Guy Hopkins and Cecil Hopkins.
Pallbearers will be Don McKibben, Gerald McKibben, Murry Cook and Earl Stone.
Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. today until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Traceway Retirement Community, Sanctuary Hospice House or St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.
Opal Jones
AMORY – Opal Beatrice Jones, 92, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Feb. 2, 1919, in Okolona, she was a daughter of Numie and Merdis Mannis Sullivan. She attended Okolona Schools and married P. E. Jones on July 29, 1963. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked as a seamstress in the garment industry and worked as a sales lady in California and Florida. She was a faithful member of North Boulevard Christian Church, was a member of the Women’s Bible class and the Prayer Partners group. She enjoyed Gospel music, hymns, baking, sewing, cross-stitching, reading her Bible, find-a-word puzzles, cooking holiday meals and making quilts for her family.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Buzz Wilkerson and Bro. Furman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Rochester (Jim), Nita Robinson (Norris) of Amory, Martha Owens (Lamar), of Jacksonville, Fla. a son, Danny Brewer (Bette) of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Beverly Goheen (Fred), Connie Smith (Pete), Chip Brewer, Chris Rochester, Donnie Brewer (Diana), Jeff Chambers (Jennifer), Brad Robinson (Martha), Haley Monaghan (Craig), Scott Wagner (Marci), Sandra Brewer (Butch), Chuck Wagner, and Donna Houston (Pat); great-grandchildren, Michelle and Matt Goheen; Brandon and Ryan Fowlkes; Zach Robinson, Sarah and Isabella Robinson, Mason and Madison Wagner, Blake, Chase, and Reagan Chambers, Anna McNeese, Peyton McLemore, and Danielle and Lindsay Brewer; great-great-grandchildren, Austin and Alyssa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband five sisters, five brothers, and a grandson, Jay Chambers.
Pallbearers will be Rhonnie Mixon, Steve and Chad Logan, Bryan, Scott, and Jon Mark Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to North Blvd. Christian Church, P. O. Box 472, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Berry
PONTOTOC – Jimmy Berry, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Mt. Nebo U.M. Church; the Rev. Frank Townsend officiating. Interment will be at Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Harry Corbell
HAMILTON – Harry Thurman Corbell, 63, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was born July 30, 1948, in Monroe County to William Emitt Corbell and Ruby Grey Hudson Corbell. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was retired and had worked for APAC. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Harold Jackson Corbell of Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Billy Corbell, Alfred Corbell, Jimmy Corbell and Howard Corbell.
Pallbearers will be Mike Corbell, Johnny Corbell, Wayne Corbell, Timmy Corbell, Jamie Corbell and Cody Corbell. Honorary pallbearers will be staff of Darlington Oaks Hospice.
Condolences may be accessed tisdale-lannmemorial.com.
Paul Fancher
RED BAY, Ala. – Paul Fancher Sr., 67, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at his residence. He was a mechanic for Wrangler for 27 years and also worked for Red Bay Water and Gas. After he semi-retired he continued to work part time for City Auto in Red Bay. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Fancher of Red Bay; one son, Jerry Paul Fancher (Charlene) of Red Bay; two grandchildren, Grant Fancher of Mooreville and Gretchen Fancher of Red Bay; several cousins, friends and relatives particularly Ronnie Joe Williams and Brenda Hutcheson.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vuel Grant and Virginia Elizabeth Boyd Fancher.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Burgett, Ken Shotts, Ronnie Joe Williams, Melvin Hutcheson, Donald White and Mike Harris.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Pearl Golden
EUPORA – Pearl Williams Golden, 94, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at her residence in Webster County. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Lollars Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Judy Lewis
TUPELO – Judy Lynn Lewis, 59, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Hope Krantz
ECRU – Marilyn Hope Shettles Krantz, formerly of Ecru, 61, died at her home in Terrytown, La. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Nelda McCrary
CORINTH – Nelda Barry McCrary, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at her residence. She was a housewife and a member of Foote Street Church of Christ.
Services are set for 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minsters Charles Curtis, Blake Nicholas officiating and Timothy McCrary doing the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Jaylene Whitehurst (Gerry) of Corinth; a son, Timothy McCrary (Cindy) of Huntsville, Ala.; a grandson, Seth Whitehurst (Heather); step-grandchildren, Holly and Bill McCormac; a great-granddaughter, Cadence Whitehurst; caregivers Joyce Strickland, Bertha Williams and Darlene Kirk.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. McCrary; parents Ozro Earl Barry Sr. and Hazel Dickey Barry; a son, Stephen Jay McCrary; two brothers, Ozro Earl (Sonny) Barry Jr. and Andy Lee Barry.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Joyce Chism
BALDWYN – Joyce K. Chism 77, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Ogal Sloan
NETTLETON – Ogal G. “Red” Sloan, 84, died on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Countrywood Assisted Living in Mantachie. Born on Oct. 6, 1926, in Itawamba County, he was a son of Richard Kirk and Mary Ella Attaway Sloan. He attended Carolina School and honorably served his Country in the US Army at the end of World War II. Working until having a stroke, he had worked at Evans Lumber Company, was a self-employed logger, worked as the Itawamba County District 3 Supervisor, for the city of Amory as the street department manager for 19 years, and working outdoors cutting wood and cutting and baling hay. He was a deacon and member of New Bethel Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and gospel music. He was a member of the Peaceful Valley and Cold Springs Hunting Clubs.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Joey Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Wiygul Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters, Katherine Conwill of Nettleton, Louise Clark of Amory, and Elizabeth Thompson of Nettleton; grandchildren, Donna Ray (Charles), Dena Conwill, Dawn West (Gary), Deloris Hadaway (Teddy), Ray Clark (Julie), and Lorne Thompson (Glenda); great-grandchildren, Donnie, Hope, and Becky Ray, T.J., Tyler, Megan Hadaway; and Trey Clark; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Geneva Dykes Sloan, and son-in-law, Don Conwill.
Pallbearers will be Russell Shackleford, Teddy Hadaway, Ray Clark, Charles Ray, Gary West, and Lorne Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Cox, Bobby Joe Blake, Billy Joe Laney, Roger Harris, Son Hall, Donald Wayne Young, Raymond Sandlin, Thomas Griffith, Billy Glasgow, Roger Dozier, and Wayne Thompson.
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 Baskin
OXFORD – David “Deke” Baskin, 58, died Sept. 10, 2011 in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Bill Maness
BOONEVILLE – Clifton “Bill” Maness, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Mary Valiant
TUPELO – Mary Valiant died Sept. 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 6, 1921, to General and Henrietta Spearman. She was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant MB Church in Chesterfield and served on the usher board. Later in life, she relocated to the Dorsey-Evergreen area and moved her membership to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Nine years ago, she moved her membership to Living Word and Praise Church and was referred to as “Granny of the Church.”
Services are at 2 p.m. today at The Link Center with Pastor Tony Hereford officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge and burial will be in Heaven Gate Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Jean Shumpert and friend Billy; three grandchildren, Perry Shumpert, Diasia Holland and Tradias “Pete” Shumpert; two great-grandchildren; two nephews that were raised as sons; six adopted daughters and a host of nieces and nephews.
You may sign guestbook and leave condolences at nljonesandson.com.

Don Crausby
PONTOTOC – Don Crausby, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and served his community at Crausby Body Shop for more than 50 years. He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with the Rev. Mickey Gentry officiating. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Young Crausby of Pontotoc; a daughter, Amber Crausby of Lafayette, Colo.; a son, Shane Don Crausby (Kim) of Pontotoc; a sister, Shirley Boyd of Memphis, and a brother, Max Crausby of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mallie Reno Crausby and Beulah Jane Plunk Crausby; and a brother, William Lynward “Bing” Crausby.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Ashe, Bill Rutledge, Bill Seawright, Buddy Eubanks, Merle Williams and Tommy Boyd.
Services will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be offered at browningpontotoc.com.