Obituaries September 21, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Davis Criddle
HOUSTON – Davis Alton “DAC” Criddle, 56, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 3, 1955, to John Shelton “Node” and Audie Dee Criddle in Vardaman. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He was a welder, truckdriver and sawmill worker before becoming disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Frankie Martin and Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marlo Smith Criddle of Houston; his children, Davis Alton Criddle Jr. of Hattiesburg, Danny Allen Criddle of Hattiesburg, Daphne Criddle Willard of Houlka, Daniel Matthew Criddle of Columbus, Joshua Wesley Criddle of Holloman AFB, N.M., and John Caleb Criddle of Houston; his grandchildren, Hailey Criddle, Madi Criddle, Gabe Willard, Abby Willard, Rhianna Criddle, Jake Willard, Kailyn Criddle, Vivann Criddle, Lilly Criddle and Joe-Davis Criddle; three brothers, Jimmy Criddle of Verona, Clark Criddle of Tennessee and John D. Criddle of Florida; three sisters, Sarah Ann Gillikin of Virginia, Billie Wynne McNaughton of Florida and Sandra Morris of Cedar Bluff; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Joe Dallas Criddle.
Pallbearers will be Wes Smith, Brian Graham, Andy Ball, Justin Criddle, Michael Bryant and Jason Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Brown, Daniel Brown, Jim Moore, Jimmy Moore, Bradley Griffin, Wayne Bailey, Sam Smith, Michael Bryant Sr., Raymond Rowland and Doodler Johnson.

Patricia Stokes
OKOLONA – Patricia Ann Stokes, 50, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Robert Spear
TUPELO – Robert Earl Spear, 51, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Miami, Fla., on Oct. 10, 1959, to Bobby Hensley and Earline Smith Spear. A graduate of Tupelo High School, he then went on to attend Itawamba Jr. College and Mississippi State University. He was a longtime employee of McRae’s Department Store. He loved music, playing the guitar and anything to do with computers. He possessed a gentle kindness and loving joyful spirit and always had a song in his heart.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include one son, Benjamin Adam Spear of Tupelo; his mother, Earline Smith Spear of Tupelo; two sisters, Paula Spear Brewster of Mobile, Ala., and Donna Spear Shirley of Hattiesburg; three nieces, Kelly Gray of Dallas, Texas, Mary Shirley and Kate Shirley Songy, both of Hattiesburg; two nephews, Trey Brewster of Mobile, Ala., and Brian Mattox of Tupelo; his former wife, Barbara Mattox Spear of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Hensley Spear.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Betty Timmons
TUPELO – Betty Sue Timmons, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 24, 1947, to Elmer and Myrl Ozbirn Cheatham. She was a graduate of Marietta High School, where she played basketball. She was a homemaker and loving mother who enjoyed raising and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid flower gardener, she enjoyed sewing, cooking, cross-stitching, quilting, fishing, and especially enjoyed being around her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Thornton officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Isaac T. Timmons III (Mary) of Guntown; four daughters, Christy Timmons of the home, Tammy Timmons Stone of Saltillo, Cindy Kulovitz (Joe) of Tupelo and Debbie Sanders (Roger) of Blue Springs; four brothers, James Cheatham of Marietta, Woody Cheatham (Diane) and Fermon Cheatham (Linda), both of Kirkville, and Charles Cheatham (Margaret) of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, Noah, Jacob and Luke Timmons, Autumn and Madison Stone, Jackson Millican, William, Matthew and Ashlee Kulovitz, Carrie Fourthman and Leslie Cantrell; and five great-grandchildren, Payton Burleson, Kaiden and Braxton Fourthman, Caleb Cantrell and Jacob Neblett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Thomas Timmons Jr., on Sept. 25, 1995; and three brothers, Ray, Dean and Raymond Cheatham.
Pallbearers will be James Cheatham, Woody Cheatham, Roger Sanders Jr., Jon Kulovitz and Charles Cheatham. Honorary pallbearer will be William Kulovitz.

Willie Hankins
TUPELO – Willie Hankins died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
James Meadows
BALDWYN – James C. Meadows, 90, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a retired farmer and did tractor work for the public. He was a member, deacon and former song leader at the East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and an avid rabbit hunter.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Fannie Mae Meadows of Baldwyn; one daughter, Linda White of Alpine; grandchildren, Myra Carleen Emison, Michael Miles of Mooreville and Bridget Hendrix (Cody) of Alpine; great-grandchildren, Scott Emison (Mallory), Kyle Emison , Brittany Miles, Jade Parker and Aadyn Parker; great-great-grandchildren, Reed Emison, Miles Emison and Luke Emison; sister, Eva Ingle of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Ferda Burleson of Springfield, Mo., and Dean Garrett of Baldwyn; a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his foster parents; a son, David James Meadows; and a sister, Nolalee Meadows.
Pallbearers will be Michael Miles, Scot Emison, Kyle Emison, Sammy Holder, Cody Herndeix and Larry Long.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dora Westmoreland
PONTOTOC – Dora Westmoreland, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born May 21, 1919, in Pontotoc County to Henry and Leasie Clayton Wilder. She married Arthur Westmoreland on April 25, 1952, and they shared many happy years together until his death in 1991. Mrs. Westmoreland was a devoted mother, homemaker and active member of Longview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Longview Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Morrow, Bro. George Steward and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Longview Baptist Church and will continue from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise Smith (Roger) of Tupelo and Dona Grubbs (Billy) of Longview; two sons, Dennis Westmoreland (Jill) of Pontotoc and Dwayne Westmoreland (Sharron) of Longview; one sister, Mildred Park of Longview; grandchildren, Steve, Ricky and Nicky Smith, Susan Coomer, Jody, Jonathan, Rachel and Ethan Westmoreland, Carmen Sullivan, Amanda Russell, Jeremy and Micah Grubbs, Deanna Franks and Vanessa McCoy; 20 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a daughter, Annette Smith; a son-in-law, Wesley Smith Jr.; a brother-in-law, Verlon Park; and a great-great-grandchild, Spencer Smith.
Pallbearers will be Danny Park, Dudley Park, Johnny Park, Clyde Pound, Tommy Pound and Mitchell Pound.
Rev. Marvin Cox
BLUE SPRINGS – The Rev. Marvin Levi Cox, 71, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Willard House
BALDWYN – Willard House, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Rex P. Deghuee
AMORY – Rex P. Deghuee, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ruby Benton
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Ruby Jane Benton, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Erlaice Gresham
TISHOMINGO – Erlaice Gernell Gillis Gresham, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at her residence. She was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Sturgis to Homer Gillis and Mamie Warren Gillis. In December 1936, she married Eddie Allen Gresham. She was a member of Tishomingo Church of Christ. She was a homemaker and a member of Belmont Homemakers Club. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed quilting, needlework, crafts and gardening. She earned a certificate from the Sheffield School of Interior Design.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Wayne Mitchell and Bro. Claudie Jones officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens at Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three children, Bobby Allen Gresham and wife, Clemmie, and Barbara Ann Gresham, all of Tishomingo, and Joyce Gail Gresham White and husband, Larry White, of Belmont; four grandchildren, Mark Allen Gresham and Kendric Allen White, both of Starkville, Ben Edric Parrish and wife, Chenoa, of Dennis and Lacey Lane Brekeen of Tishomingo; and one brother, Richard Gillis of Phil Campbell, Ala.
She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Allen Gresham Jr.; her husband; an infant daughter; her parents; three brothers, Clayton Gillis, Brooks Gillis and James Gillis; and one sister, Mildred Rorie.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Gillis, Dr. Shane Scott, Ricky Hall, Benny Parrish, Paul Morris and Gary Bostick. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Gillis, Barry Gillis, Randy Gillis, Virgil Rodgers, Mike Scott, Billy Gresham, Sonny Gresham, Jesse Gresham and George Gresham Jr/
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
William Hall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – William Merideth Hall, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, after a sudden illness. The son of Finley Kincaid and Jane Elliott Hall, he was born in Tupelo and lived there until enrolling at the University of Mississippi. His college education was interrupted by his service as a Naval aviator. He served in the Pacific Theater, flying several types of combat aircraft, and also served as a Landing Signals Officer (LSO) aboard the USS Wasp. During the Solomon Islands operation, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his pursuit and successful downing of a large enemy aircraft inbound on American forces. After the war, he remained in the Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of captain. In 1945, he married Ruth Lou Halliburton, and they eventually settled in Jacksonville, where Mr. Hall became an investor and developer.
He is survived by his sister, Mary, of Jackson; numerous nieces and nephews; and Randolph Mahoney, Frances Moulder, Benham Purcell, and Cindy and Dale “Buddy” Purcell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his son, William Jr.; sisters, Jane and Moezelle; and brothers Finley, Wallace and Henderson “Hink.”
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today in the Astor Room of the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Eternity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Oliver Downs
BOONEVILLE – William Oliver Downs, 88, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. He was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Rienzi to Claude Alvis Downs and Mary Alice Wingo Downs. He married Emma Jean Holley on April 14, 1951. He was a longtime faithful member of Gaston Baptist Church in Booneville. He retired from the City of Booneville Water and Gas Department. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, with service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Marcus Island and other ships in the Pacific Theater battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon Gulf, Palau, and Okinawa. In later years, he enjoyed attending annual reunions with his shipmates. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching boys how to enjoy those activities safely.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Walter Downs (Sheryl) of Baldwyn and Terry Downs of Guntown; a daughter, Rosemary Marecle (Milton H.) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Matthew Wilburn (Natalie), Bradford Oliver Downs, Lindsey Downs and Cassie Bowling; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 28, 2003.
Honorary pallbearers are fellow members of his Gaston Baptist Church Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Baptist Church, 1908 Gaston Road, Booneville, MS 38829.

Beatrice Nash
ALLEN, Texas – Beatrice Nash, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at belmont Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Vettie Rainey
RIPLEY – Vettie Downs Rainey, 101, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Sept. 21, 1909, to Oscar and Anna Brock Downs in Alcorn County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating, and Bro. Shannon Phillips and Bro. Buddy Downs assisting. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Inez Gates of Ripley; one son, Charlie Edward Rainey (Mae Bell) of Tiplersville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild; and a daughter-in-law, Tootie Rainey of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Vinson Rainey; two sons, an infant son and J.P. Rainey; one daughter, Dixie Gates; two grandchildren; four sisters, three brothers and two sons-in-law.
Pallbearers will be Steve Gates, Kevin Gates, Joey Rainey, Kenneth Rainey, Jamie Hall and Rodney Gates.
Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Rainey, Kenney Rainey, Jason Gates, Helen Jacobs, Eva Bell Mason and Brenda Dancer.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Lawrence Molaison
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lawrence Joseph Molaison, 64, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis. He was born Dec. 18, 1946, in New Orleans, La., to William and Anita DeWailly Molaison of Houma, La. He was an associate of Liddy’s Health Mart Pharmacy in Holly Springs. He graduated from Nicholis State University in Thibodaux, La., and taught Louisiana history in the Terrebonne Parish School District. He subsequently worked for Patterson Truck Line , Louisiana Credit Managers Association, and bed and breakfast businesses before moving to Holly Springs. He was a lifelong LSU and Saints fan.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houma, La. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his friend, Christopher LIddy of Holly Springs; his sister, Arlene Molaison of Austin, Texas; his brother, William Molaison of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gail Molaison McElroy.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Bankston, Jerry Bascle, Jesse Houdibre, Timothy Liddy, Stephen McElroy and Jerry Quick.
A book for condolences will be available at Liddy’s Pharmacy.
Memoriels may be made to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Visit the website at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Mike Arrington
MYRTLE – Mike Arrington, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.