Obituaries September 12, 2013

Jimmy Richardson

NEW ALBANY – Jimmy Neal “Jimbo” Richardson, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at his daughter’s home in Baldwyn. He was born May 25, 1938, in Union County to William Johnny Richardson and Ruby Anna Coleman Richardson. He was retired from MDOT. He enjoyed hunting and trading knives and guns. He loved his family.

Funeral services will be at noon today, Sept. 12, 2013, at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Melanie Smithey and fiancé, Larry Smith of Baldwyn; a son, Richey Richardson of New Albany; a sister, Judy Swords (Shannon) of Oswego, Ill.; four grandchildren, Preston Gillen, Brandon Gillen, Joshua Smithey and Jennifer Erwin; and two great-grandchildren, Eathan Erwin and Eli Erwin; and special caregivers from Sanctuary Hospice, Melanie Murrell and Anita Morris, who devoted time and love and became part of the family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva P. Cappleman; and three brothers, William Royce Richardson, Jerry Dean Richardson and Sonny Richardson.

Pallbearers will be Heston Gillen, Brandon Gillen, Josh Smithey, Randy Richardson, Donnie Richardson and Mike Richardson.

Visitation will be today from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Audine Cooper

POTTS CAMP – Margaret Audine Hancock Cooper, 82, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Sept. 10, her 64th wedding anniversary. She was a joyful woman whose life exhibited loving kindness, profound faith, generosity, hospitality and laughter. Known for her unfailing optimism, humble grace and sincere benevolence, Audine embodied the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Her legacy of living by faith cannot be overstated.

A devoted wife, beloved mother, adored “Nannie” and friend to all who knew her, Audine was born on Feb. 20, 1931, in Macedonia to S.A. and Modene Hancock. She was baptized at Macedonia Baptist Church and attended Macedonia School. In 1949, she married Joe Cooper and moved to the Cornersville community outside Potts Camp, where she lived the majority of her life. She was a faithful member of Salem Baptist Church, where she served for years as a Sunday school teacher and loved her church family.

Audine is survived by her husband, Joe Cooper of Potts Camp; her daughters, Dianne (Ashby) Campbell of Walls, Pam (Larry) Hall of Potts Camp, Kathy Pipkin of Holly Springs, Denise (Larry) Roebuck of Tupelo; her sons, Keith (Beverly) Cooper and Terry Joe Cooper of Potts Camp; her 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sanford Audrey Hancock Sr. and Modene Reeves Hancock, and her brothers, S.A. “Junior” Hancock and Ricky Hancock. She is also survived by an extended family and a host of friends she loved deeply.

A visitation will be held today, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holly Springs Funeral Home which has charge of the arrangements. Services will be Friday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Potts Camp with burial in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As Audine would often remark on the passing of loved ones, “Our loss is heaven’s gain.”

Bro. Marion Holley

SHANNON – 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. today, 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 today 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) Dessem of Cordova, Tenn.; two “grand-dogs,” Maggie and Charlie, who helped care for Marion in the end; one sister, Martha Holley of Holly Springs; several nieces and nephews. 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 Mid South Chapter, 4825 Trousdale Drive, Ste. 220, Nashville, TN 37220; 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.

Dorothy Beeler

OXFORD – Dorothy Harvey Beeler went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. She was born July 6, 1921, in Paris to Claude Harvey and Josie Inda Palmer Harvey. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a retired elementary school teacher. She was married to Rev. Earl Beeler for 51 years. They had five children, Diana Beeler Hogan (Joey), Earl Harvey Beeler (Donna), Jerry Lee Beeler (Wilma), Mark F. Beeler (Robbie) and Rebekah Beeler Babb (Rickey).

She is survived by her grandchildren, Inda Hogan Linzy (Shayne), Olivia Babb Russom (Chad), Matthew Babb, Nathan Babb (Holley), Brooks Beeler (Melissa), Patrick Beeler (Amanda), Jonathan Beeler (Amber), Cody Beeler (Angela), Andy Beeler, Sarah Beeler Golden (Barrett), Daniel Beeler (Amelia) and Emma Grace Beeler; many great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl; and grandsons, Christopher Allen Beeler and Joe Jim Hogan III (Tres).

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at New Prospect Baptist Church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Bessie Anderson

HOLLY SPRINGS – Bessie Marion Anderson, 80, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church, Holly Springs, MS.

Lois Dill-Qualls

FULTON – Lois Dill-Qualls, 74, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today, Sept. 12, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be left at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Eugenia Therrell

ABERDEEN – Eugenia McDade Therrell, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at The Arbors at Schilling Gardens Assisted Living in Collierville, Tenn. She was born May 27, 1921, in Kemper County to James Willard McDade and Beulah Newell McDade. She lived in Aberdeen since 1942 until moving to Collierville three years ago. She was a member of Aberdeen First Baptist Church. She worked at the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prairie. In 1961 she started a kindegarten in her home, which later moved to First Baptist Church. She worked as secretary for the church and retired from the Farmers Home Administration.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Bro. Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, John S. Therrell III (Angela) of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Chassidy Key and Holliday Therrell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John S. Therrell Jr.; three brothers Willard McDade, J.C. McDade and A.C. McDade; and four sisters, Bertha McCaskill, Beatrice Standard, Margaret Gully and Elizabeth Garnett.

Pallbearers will be Bud Everett, Dave Hicks, Thomas Hicks, Bob Kelly, Walter Lann, Paul Laskey, Tim Pace and Bobby Switzer.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Friday.

Donations can be made to Aberdeen First Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jerry Cunningham

VERNON, Ala. – Jerry Cunningham, 70, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at DCH in Tuscaloosa. He was born Aug. 25, 1943, in Fayette County, Ala., to Braxton and Eula Markham Cunningham. He previously worked at McCoy Manufacturing. He enjoyed working on cars and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 12, at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Graveside service and burial will be in Love Joy Cemetery. Bro. James Godsey will officiate.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Evans Cunningham of Vernon, Ala.; son, Josh (Amanda) Cunningham of Tupelo; daughter, Teresa Cunningham of Amory; five grandchildren; brother, Donald Cunningham of Amory; sister, Gaye (Danny) White of Sulligent, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dewayne Cunningham; a daughter, Angela Cunningham; two brothers, Willard and Harold Cunningham; and one sister, Wanda Cunningham.

Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.

William Humphreys Jr.

COLES POINT – William Frank Humphreys Jr., 68, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit. A New Albany native, he was born Feb. 9, 1945, to William Frank and Syble Lois Stevens Humphreys. After 15 years of service, he retired from the Memphis Press-Scimitar as distribution manager. A United States Army veteran, he served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1973. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Both his grandparents, William Thomas and Bonnie McCarty Humphreys, had a very significant part in his childhood and continued up to his adulthood. He was of the Baptist faith.

Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ellistown Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Geanna H. Powell (David) of Kingsport, Tenn.; and two brothers, William David Humphreys (Sherry) of Saltillo and Traugott Humphreys of Clarksville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Allan Lee Humphreys; and his grandparents, Jim Steven and Kate Mashburn.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church with military honors.

Honorary pallbearers will be the First Baptist Church.

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

Geneva B. Thompson

ABERDEEN – Geneva Baldwin Thompson, 85, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Oak Tree Manor in Amory. Born June 12, 1928, in Smithville, she was the only child of Ebb R. and Lottie Jackson Baldwin. She married Cleveland D. Thompson in June 1946. She was a graduate of Smithville High School Class of 1946. She attended Smithville Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church in Saltillo. She was also a member and past president of the VFW Post 4490 Ladies Auxiliary. She was one of the owners of Traceroad Inc., the parent company of Traceroad Long Distance and the Smithville Telephone Company, serving until this week as a member of the Board of Directors and vice president for each company. She enjoyed reading every day, mostly western novels, and took as many Sunday drives around northeast Mississippi as she could until her health failed. She cherished photos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Roger V. Thompson (Shellie) of Smithville; grandchildren, Lenore Thompson of Smithville and Michelle Thompson (Ken Easton) of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Michael, Geneva and Rose Easton; and nephews, Stephen Thompson of Tupelo, James Thompson of Washington D.C., John Thompson of Russia, John Thompson of Centennial, Colo., Gloria Frederick of Winter, Wis., Cheryl Wiltshire of Burlington, Wis., and Lisa Thompson of Kenosha, Wis.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a special cousin, Corrine Jackson Stafford; and nephew, Robert Thompson.

A graveside service honoring her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, in Aberdeen with Dr. Tom Cheatham officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:20 a.m. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Susan G. Komen, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Barbara Brown

IUKA – Barbara Sue Brown, 76, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka.

Rachel Dunn

BOONEVILLE – Rachel Dunn, 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

M.J. Ragland Jr.

PONTOTOC – M.J. Ragland Jr., 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at his home in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

James Mercer

BLUE MOUNTAIN – James Mercer died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Betty Elliott

NETTLETON – Betty Jean Elliott died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

L.E. Green

FULTON – L.E. Green died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Don Whitaker

CORINTH – Donald Claude Whitaker, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at noon Friday, Sept. 13, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corointh. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafunralhome.net.

Kelly Bennett

SMITHVILLE – Kelly Bennett, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Jeanette Avery

EUPORA – Jeanette Bagwell Avery, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at her home in Eupora.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.