Obituaries September 11, 2013

Marion Holley
TUPELO – Augustus Marion Holley, 91, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his daughter’s residence in Cordova, Tenn., following an extended illness with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in the Nettleton area on April 27, 1922, to A.M. and Lena Gray Holley. He married Elizabeth Otts on Aug. 14, 1948, serving together in seven Southern Baptist churches for a span of 43 years. Marion retired from full-time ministry in 1982 with his last church being Union Chapel Baptist Church, serving there for 18 years. Marion also served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, including Guadalcanal. His military service included being a machine operator in the radar division. Marion loved to preach the Gospel of Christ wherever he was and was known as a strong pulpit preacher but also as a loving shepherd of all his congregations. He was a handyman and runner with the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership after retirement. He loved flower gardening, enjoyed his green houses, the outdoors and watching things grow.

A celebration service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ralph Cain and Bro. Robert Armstrong officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday only from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth Holley; one daughter, Jan Holley (Mark) Dessum of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Martha Holley of Holly Springs; several nieces and nephews; two “grand-dogs,” Maggie and Charlie, who helped care for Marion in the end. Marion was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Juanita Thorne, Jo Doris Sims and Elizabeth Mullins.
The family would like to thank Methodist Hospice in Memphis for their assistance these past few months, all the congregations of ministry that have been so good to the Holley family, and for all the prayers that were lifted up on the Holley family’s behalf.

Memorials can be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 2647, Tupelo, MS 38803; Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite #4, Ridgeland, MS 39157; and the Union Chapel Baptist Church Marion Holley Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 33, Shannon, MS 38868.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jim Mann
James “Jim” Mann, 86, died at his home in New Albany on Sept. 6, 2013. He died peacefully after an extended illness with his family and friends at his bedside. A native of LaGrange, Ga., he was born on May 23, 1927, to Kermit and Alma Mann. He attended Auburn University prior to being called to serve in World War II. He was employed in the airline business most of his adult life in Nashville, Tenn., and Miami, Fla. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge and active in the Boy Scouts of America. In 1972, he served as president of the Rotary Club in Donelson, Tenn., and was also a member of the American Legion. He was a charter member of Donelson Methodist Church before moving his membership to First United Methodist Church of New Albany. Jim had a contagious smile and loved to make others laugh. He loved music, sports but most of all he loved spending time with family.

The family will celebrate Jim’s life with a private memorial service at his home on Sunday, Sept. 15, officiated by Chaplain Taz Irby. Burial will be in the family cemetery.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Anna Mann, and by his parents.

Jim is survived by his wife of 22 years, Yvonne Mosley Mann; daughter, Cathy Malis (Bob) of Hawaii; son, Gerry Mann (Carole) of Germantown, Tenn.; Rob Mosley (Gail) of the Auburn community; Lee Waldrop (Scott) of New Albany; his grandchildren, Joel Mann; Ryan, Kyle and Conner Malis; Michelle Ondo; Luke Mosley; Jimbo, John Holt and Mary Scott Waldrop; and five great-grandchildren.

In remembrance of Jim’s life, the family request donations made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lizzie Rogers
DORSEY – Lizzie Lee Harris Rogers, 91, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Lee County to Matthew Harris and Lorene Pannell Harris. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Greg Peques officiating and the Rev. Marquette Rogers delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Dabney) Agnew of Guntown and Mae Helen Thomas of Dorsey; two sons, the Rev. Marquette (Linda) Rogers of Amory and Larce (Mildred) Rogers of Shannon; two sisters, Irene Pounds of Tupelo and Cynoria Mitchell of Chicago; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters; five brothers; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Dennis Woolsey
CEDAR BLUFF – Dennis R. Woolsey, 65, passed away, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at OCH Regional Medical Center, in Starkville. He was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Cook County, Ill., to Dolores Glowacki and Robert Hardy Woolsey Sr. He was a truck driver, a bartender and a metal worker. He was of the Catholic faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the 1970s. He married Mary Weedon Woolsey on Aug. 9, 2006, in Alabama.

A stateroom service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. Friends will share special thoughts. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Weedon Woolsey of Cedar Bluff; one daughter, Hope Weedon (John Oswalt) of West Point; three grandchildren; Dustin Weedon, Ashley Weedon and Hannah Oswalt; sisters, Kathie Girard of Kankakee, Ill., Sherry Woolsey and Janiene Walters of Chebanse, Ill.; two brothers, Robert H. Woolsey Jr. (Julie) of Lowell, Ill., Jim Woolsey of Chebanse, Ill.; and a number of nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.

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

Eddie Palmer
BOONEVILLE – Eddie Wayne Palmer, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at VA Hospital in Memphis. He was born Jan. 15, 1950, to Sidney and Norma June Pardon Palmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver. He enjoyed going to yard sales, the races and traveling.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 11, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. John Ericson officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by two daughters, Penny (Kennith) Moore and Jessica Stuart, both of Booneville; three sons, Michael (Renea) Blassingame of Baldwyn, Brandon Palmer of Booneville and Joshua Palmer of Mooreville; one sister, Margret Allen of Guntown; two brothers, David (Judy) Palmer and Jimmy Palmer, both of Baldwyn; his best friend and the mother of his children, Kay Palmer; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Deborah Hill; and one grandson, Justice Stuart.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Stuart, Chris Stuart, Charles Thompson, Jason Bates, Christopher Blassingame and John Thompson.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Wendell Chadwick Sr.
CALEDONIA – Wendell Chadwick Sr., 72, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his residence.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus. Interment will be in Egger Cemetery at Caledonia. Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Beatrice Heavener
RIPLEY – Beatrice Ralph Heavener, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 18, 1938, to Fred and Era Newby Ralph. She was a Baptist by faith and a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Billy H. Heavener of Ripley; two brothers, Roy Ralph (Elizabeth) of Blue Mountain and J.R. Ralph (Linda) of Ripley; one sister, Sally Richardson of Winona; and one brother-in-law, Donald Brock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Shelby Brock and Fredlene Baker; and one brother-in-law, Harold Richardson.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Harold Wayne Jr.
HORN LAKE – Harold Wayne Jr., 39, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.

Graveside services were Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Grodoum Cemetery in Eudora. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs was in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Patterson
PONTOTOC – Stephen Wayne Patterson, 47, passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home. He was a loving husband and father. He worked hard to provide for his family and had to spend the last 16 years offshore. He was a pleasure to be around and a very charming man.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 11, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Dennis Landrum will officiate. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Alicia Chapman Patterson; two sons, Tucker and Wil Patterson; two stepsons, Hunter and Eli Brand, all of Pontotoc; his father, Willie Patterson (Linda) of New Albany; his mother, Dorothy Bourgeios (Richard) of Picayune; brother, Ryan Patterson of Picayune; two nephews; in-laws, Jerry Ruth (Sandy); and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sidney Patterson; and his grandparents, Buford and Louise Patterson, and Euna and Monroe Foster.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Tony Robinson
HAMILTON – Tony Michael Robinson, 57, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Feb. 15, 1956, to Dorlos “Bo” Robinson and Betty Irvin Robinson in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, where he was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church. He was a 1974 graduate of Hamilton High School, where he was a legendary athlete, lettering in four sports. He furthered his education at University of Mississippi in 1974, where he had a scholarship in football. He was voted Outstanding Defensive Player in the 1974 All-Star Football Game in Jackson. He was one of Hamilton’s finest farmers, operating Robinson Farms. He was an avid gardener who loved to share his produce with others. He was a wonderful family man who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore and Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Robinson; three daughters, Alex Robinson of Nashville, Paige Robinson Reeves (Rusty) of Caledonia and Cory Thompson Cobb of Hamilton; two sons, Jomie Robinson of Caledonia and Kyle Thompson (Scarlett) of Amory; one sister, DeAndra West of Hamilton; and eight grandchildren, Addie and Chandler Cobb, Emma Rose and Clay Thompson, and Ryder, Saige, River and Rody Reeves.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leon and Avalene Robinson, and Ogden and Miriam Irvin.

Pallbearers will be Danny Dobbs, Danny Holloway, Rubel West, Terry Thompson, Jason Grace and Bert Falkner. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Yarbrough, Travis Thompson, Tommy Sanders, Charles McGraw, Doyle Thompson, Phillip Cockerham, Scott Dobbs and Benny Dobbs.

Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tony Robinson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cadence Bank, P.O. Box 10, Hamilton, MS 39746.

To sign the register and leave condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Kontina Bonner
COLUMBUS – Kontina Deniece Bonner, 40, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Lorene Belyeu
NEW ALBANY – Mada Lorene Cox Belyeu, 99, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at her residence. She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in Union County to Rowland Young Cox and Pearl Pannell Cox. She was a retired employee of the Co-Op Egg Plant. She was a member of Center Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Russell and the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in the Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her godson, James Cobb; a grand-niece, Rebeca Cox; a grand-nephew, Carey Cox; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carlton Belyeu; a brother, James Hunter Cox; and a nephew, Benny Cox.

The deacons of Center Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lois Dill-Qualls
FULTON – Lois Dill-Qualls, 74, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Hubert Witherspoon
TUPELO – Hubert Witherspoon passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Geneva Thompson
ABERDEEN – Geneva B. Thompson, 85, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sarah Largent
IUKA – Sarah “Duga” Largent, 42, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Iuka First United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Iuka First United Pentecostal Church, 608 N. Main St., Iuka, MS 38852.

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