Obituaries September 2, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lucile Friday
WEST POINT – Lucile Dexter Friday, 97, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born Nov. 18, 1912, in Clay County to Daisy Beatrice Lofton and Eugene Hamilton Dexter. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point. Mrs. Friday married Curtis Roy Friday Jr. on Dec. 26, 1940, in Starkville. He preceded her in death on June 24, 1986.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Father Karl Schaffenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Scarborough (Doug) of Cocoa, Fla.; two sons, William A. Friday (Rita) of Huntsville and Curtis R. Friday III (Sylvia) of Columbus; a son-in-law, Paul Murray of Starkville, eight grandchildren, Anita Currie (Paul), Clay Scarborough, Sarah Butler (Kevin), Mary Beth Cope (Jamie), Jennifer Harthcock, Frank Scarborough, Jan Scarborough and Billy Scarborough; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nephews, James Fowler (Maudine), Joe Fowler (Janice) and Gene Fowler (Ruth), all of West Point, and Roy Fowler (Lou) of Oxnard, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Virginia Dexter Friday Murray; a grandson, Steven Scarborough; her parents; a stepbrother, John (Mary Ott) Fowler; and a niece, Johnette Etheridge.
Honorary pallbearers will be her church family at the Church of the Incarnation.
Memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, P.O. Box 316, West Point, MS 39773; or Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773; or Trinity Heath Care, 230 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Bobbie Jo Brown
EUPORA – Bobbie Jo Bell Brown, 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Graveside services will be today at Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie M. Stokes
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Elsie Melton Stokes died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. A native of New Albany, she was the daughter of the late Lon and Estella Williams Melton. A graduate of Mississippi State University, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Sigma and of the Snow Campaign Chapter of the DAR. Mrs. Stokes was a teacher for 41 years. The last 12 years of her career she was a well-loved librarian at Ford Elementary School in New Albany. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in New Albany and an associate member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville, S.C.
A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 30, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A second memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service in New Albany. The Rev. Leslie Nabors will officiate. Following the service, she will be buried beside her husband, W.M. Stokes, at Vista Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and John Randle; three grandchildren, David Randle and wife, Karen, of Apex, N.C., Brian Randle and wife, Allison, of Portland, Maine, and Sarah Sayers and husband, Richard, of Valatie, N.Y.; and four great-grandchildren, Katherine, Jack and Xavier Randle, and Elise Sayers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Stokes; a brother, Harold Melton; and a half brother, Dalton Gober.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time Friday.

Roy Studdard Jr.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Roy M. Studdard Jr., 67, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will be in Rowland Mills Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

James Wilson
James Edward Wilson, 81, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Wilson was born in Ecru on Feb. 7, 1929, to Lloyd and Lora Wilson. He grew up in New Albany with two brothers, Roland and Bill, and one sister, Martha Nell. Mr. Wilson played several sports but excelled at high school and college football. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi, earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling. As a businessman in the community, he was known for his sense of humor, as well as for helping others in need. The first thing anyone learned about Mr. Wilson was how much he loved his five daughters, Deborah (Jim) Kitchens of San Francisco, Calif., Lezlie Laxton of Indianapolis, Ind., Kathrine Gluvna of Santa Fe, N.M., Cara (Ray) Corey of Kennewick, Wash., and Amanda (Paul) Morris of Saratoga, Calif. He will also be greatly missed by his 11 grandchildren, Sara (Will) Seemster, Jessica Kitchens, Andrea (Tim) Wedig, Katie Laxton, Dustin, Zach and Laura Gluvna, Tyler and Marshall Corey, Maddie and Olivia Morris, and one great-grandson, Harley Wedig.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in New Albany.

Robert Belue Sr.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Robert F. Belue Sr., 95, formerly of Tishomingo County, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Highland Hills Adult Care in Tucson, Ariz. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Hazel Cook
BALDWYN – Hazel Hopkins Cook, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home in the Friendship community. She was born May 8, 1920, to Harvey and Bessie Elliff Hopkins. She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Jarvell officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Stone (Earl) of Friendship community; one son, Murray Cook (Helen) of Baldwyn; one brother, Taylor Hopkins of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Gary Stone (Karla), Sharon Lindsey (Ronald), Steve Stone (Carla), Cindy Lester (Mike), Angela Hughes (Greg) and Shannon Wood; 14 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, Wiley Cook; two brothers, Guy Hopkins and Cecil Hopkins; two sisters, Beatrice Herring and Gertrude Magers; and four young siblings.
Pallbearers will be Keylon Gholston, Joe Blassingame, Gearld Hardy, Jimmy Ray Martin, L.R. Burcham, Doug Arnold and Kevin Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Don Bullock
DUMAS – William Don Bullock, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bobby Sledge
HOUSTON – Bobby Sledge, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, on the Natchez Trace Parkway. He was born Aug. 8, 1949, in Cleveland to J.C. and Dorothy Swindoll Sledge. He was a retired mechanic and a member of the Nazarene faith. He was retired from the National Guard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Allen Parker officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Jean Sledge of Houston; three sons, Rick Pace (Judy) of Corinth, Bill Carner of Lake City, Ark., and Eddie Carner (Angela) of Houston; two brothers, Gary Sledge and James Sledge, of both of Tupelo; one sister, Linda Brents (Larry) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Summer Rose Carner, Daniella Carner, Taneshia Callins, Travis Pace, Josh Cooksey, Erica Hopper and Jacob Hopper; seven great-grandchildren, Kaydence Hopper, Jala Callins, Gabrielle Pace, Austin Pace, Enoch Pace, Jasmine Pace and Marcus Cooksey.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit the website at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Dudley Williams
AMORY – Dudley E. Williams, 84, died on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at his residence. Born on April 9, 1926, in Amory, he was a son of the late Bryan and May Ross Williams. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For 45 years, Mr. Williams owned and operated Dudley Williams Electric in Birmingham until retiring in 1982. A very faithful servant, he was a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. He shared a great love for and with his family and cherished their time together. He was an Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with his wife.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Marshall Eubanks and Chase Surrell officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, June Brasfield Williams of Amory; sons, Denis (Jill) Williams of Birmingham and Dana Williams of Atlanta; stepson, Joe (Kim) Fears of Amory; stepdaughter, Sherry (Tommy) Fears of Amory; grandchildren, Emily and Daniel Williams, Tammy (Lee) Minor, Tracy (Michael) Cox, Misty (Glenn) Adams, Jeremy, Zach and Jon Paul Fears, and Alicia (Jeff) Rimmer; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca Holloway Williams; daughter, Rosemary Williams; sister, Erline Waycaster; and brother, Lowell Williams.
Pallbearers will be Michael Cox, Glenn Adams, Lee and Eric Minor, Zach and Jeremy Fears, and Jeff Rimmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Cox, Jon Paul Fears, Daniel Williams, Linwood Byrd and Brenda Waldrop.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Christian Chapel Church of Christ, c/o Youth Programs, 60127 Vaughn Rd., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Meeks
WALNUT – Dorothy Leigh Meeks, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Thrasher
RIENZI – James Marcus Thrasher, 54, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Friday.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Margaret Yielding
FULTON – Margaret Olene Yielding, 65, died suddenly Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Howard Chapman
PONTOTOC – Howard Chapman, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.