Obituaries September 26, 2013

Mildred Blythe

BOONEVILLE – Mildred Norwood Blythe, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, while surrounded by her family at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. One of 11 children, she was born to Arthur C. Norwood and Maude Johnson Norwood on Sept. 15, 1926, in Etta.

She was a 1945 graduate of Macedonia High School and attended Holmes Junior College. She was a member of Cornersville United Methodist Church.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Estel Honnall Blythe, on Aug. 6, 1949, and they made their home in Union County until 1987, when he suffered a debilitating stroke which was followed by years of declining health. Of necessity, they moved to Alcorn County to be near their daughters where they remained until his death in February 2007.

Blessed with a gentle spirit, strong faith and deep love for her family, she will be remembered by many for the care and devotion she lovingly gave her husband during his nearly 20-year illness. In addition, she was a loving mother and grandmother and her family was truly the delight of her life.

Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 26, 2013, at the chapel of United Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her daughters, Martha Terrell (Scott) and Barbara Keenum (Greg), all of Biggersville; two granddaughters, Jennifer Terrell of Olive Branch and Blythe Keenum Lollar (Tim) of Tupelo. She is also survived by a sister, Catherine Norwood Cooper of Potts Camp, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Calvin Franklin Norwood, Noel B. Norwood, Robert Lloyd Norwood, A.C. Norwood and Wayne Norwood. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mattie Mae Norwood Warren, Rex Norwood Phillips as well as twin sisters who died in infancy.

Visitation will be today, Sept. 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Cornersville United Methodist Church, c/o Bonnie Berryhill, 297 Broadway, Potts Camp, MS 38659.

Clinese Little

SMITHVILLE – Geneva Clinese Little, 72, died on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on June 17, 1941, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late Anzie Collie and Bessie Lee Randolph Hargett. She attended Pine Grove and Nettleton Schools and graduated from IJC with an LPN degree. On April 27, 1962, she married Huey Little. For 36 years, she was passionate about caring for her patients and working as an LPN with Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. A Godly lady who was strong in her faith, she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. An over-comer, she met every challenge with strong-will and determination. She enjoyed her family, reading, gardening, crossword puzzles and cooking.

Survivors include her husband, Huey Little of Smithville; daughters, Ronda Little Martin of Lebanon, Tenn., and Angie Rhyne (Ricky) of Fulton; son, Eddie Little of Smithville; sisters, Carolyn Vann (J.W.) of Smithville and Patsy Ryan (Gary) of Nettleton; brother, Leroy Hargett of Nettleton; grandchildren, Carley, Connor and Chloe Wall, and Samuel Martin; stepgrandchildren, David, Kristen, Lane and Mollie; stepgreat-grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Makayla; six nieces and five nephews; and special friend, Carolyn Evans.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, A.C. Hargett; and a son-in-law, Eddie Martin.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 26, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Benton and Bro. Ray Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harold Hathcock, C.J. Hathcock, Timmy Little, Anthony Little, Allen Guthrie and Craig Ford.

Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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

James Holliday Sr.

DUMAS – James D. Holliday Sr., 66 , died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 21, 1946, to Alma Lee Burton Holliday and Hubert Stevens Holliday. He attended Dumas United Methodist Church. He was a trim carpenter.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Dumas United Methodist Church. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one son, James Dennis Holliday Jr. (special friend, Rhonda Hall) of Horn Lake; his mother, Alma Lee Holliday of Dumas; two sisters, Shirley Mize and Lenell Beach, both of Dumas; one brother, Wayne Holliday (Kathy) of Dumas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Marilyn Martin Holliday; one daughter, Alicia Denise Holliday; and two brothers, Robert Stevens Holliday and Dale Burton Holliday.

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

Nell Lee

NEWELLTON, La. – Mary Annell Roberts Lee, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen after a brief illness. She was born on Feb. 3, 1941, in Monroe County to Grady and Ruth Mullins Roberts. She was a native of Aberdeen, but had lived in Natchez for most of her life before residing in Newellton, La., for the past 15 years. She was a retired bookkeeper and a Baptist. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking and being with her dog, Rufus Lee.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Julia Kate Lee of Aberdeen; and one sister, Sharon Adams (R.V.) of Nettleton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Frank Lee Jr.

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

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jo Lois Michael

GLEN – Jo Lois Michael, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 18, 1930. She was a seamstress and the owner of Jo’s Alterations. She was a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at Pinecrest Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Haney officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Marty Michael (Stephanie) of Corinth; three daughters, Darlene Buse (Lawrence) of Tupelo, Debra “Pencil” Henry Voyles (Jerry) of Corinth and Diane Morgan (Mike) of Glen; 11 grandchildren, Weston Michael, Warner Michael, Taylor Buse, Ashley Curry, Heather Buse, Justin Henry (Lisa), Will Voyles (Marley), Christy Henry Irvin (Joe), Tyler Henry (Jade), Jaime Kinkennon (David) and Jonathan Morgan (Natasha); and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Ray “Pud” Michael; her parents, Robert and Lessie Gilliam Johnson; brothers, R.O. Johnson and Neil Johnson; and sisters, Ophelia Climer, Noah Moss, Freda Ross, Graple Holmes and Leland Turner.

Pallbearers will be Justin Henry, Tyler Henry, Will Voyles, Jonathan Morgan, David Kinkennon and Gary West.

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

Visitation will continue from noon until service time today at Pinecrest Baptist Church.

Paul R. Robison

NEW ALBANY – Paul Raymond Robison, 59, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 31, 1954, in Belleville, Ill., to Sydnel and Polly Hall Robison. Raised in Caledonia, he graduated from high school and earned a bachelors degree in accounting. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was self-employed as an accountant. A former resident of Ecru, he lived in Dallas, Texas, for several years before recently returning to Mississippi, making his home in New Albany. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He was dearly loved by his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Lincoln Dall officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Egger Cemetery in Caledonia. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Tamera Robison of New Albany; three daughters, Amanda Robison Rocha of Brandon, Rebecca Robison Boudreaux (Jeremy) of Baton Rouge, La., and Hannah Elizabeth Robison of New Albany; one son, Joshua Caleb Ward Robison (Sarah) of Maple Hill, Kan.; one sister, Debbie McKissack (Mike) of Southaven; one brother, David Robison (Renee) of Mobile, Ala.; and six grandchildren, Laike, Zana, Kylan, Edyn, Matthew and Wesley.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the church.

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

Lillie D. Spight

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Lillie D. Alexander Spight, 84, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 1, 1928, to Jim and Modena Newman Alexander in Tippah County. She was married to Brodie Spight.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Antioch M.B. Church in Blue Mountain. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four daughters, Nannie Lee (George) Bell of Seattle, Wash., Sarah Ann (Joe) Hodge of Clarksville, Tenn., Mary Ann Spight of Ripley and Linda (Dwight) McKinzie of Olive Branch; five sons, Henry Spight and James (Debra) Spight of Blue Mountain, Stanley (Louise) Spight of Odessa, Texas, H.B. (Carolyn) Spight of Ripley and Larry (Gail) Spight of New Albany; a brother,in-law, Thomas Spight of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

James Montgomery

BLUE SPRINGS – James Lee Montgomery, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born May 9, 1928, in Mississippi to Robert Lee and Hattie Mae Mayfield Montgomery.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Oak Grove M.B. Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Montgomery of Blue Springs; 12 children, James (Rosie), Perry (Daisey), Steve (Teresa), Artis (Shirley), Danny, William (Denise), Velvet, Jimmy, Peggy, Shirley and Ray Montgomery, and Eddie (Mary) Jones; stepchildren, Terrance Shannon, Brent Stubbs, Quentin (Tigist) Anderson, James Lewis and Jarvis; six siblings, T.C. (Lillian) Montgomery, Robert Lee (Mae) Montgomery Jr., George Montgomery, Marie Wheeler, Mable Lipsey and Erielean (James) Tatum; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at noon Saturday.

James Cox

CORINTH – James Randall Cox, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Mildred Brooks

HOUSTON – Mildred Knox Brooks, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Clay County to Homer Dowden Knox and Cynthia Ethel Harbin Knox. She was a homemaker, a retired supervisor at Dell-Meade and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Roy Gene Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Anderson and Clifford of Houston, and Freida Ellison of Houston; her son, Roy Gene Brooks and Myra of Conroe, Texas; sister, Louise Henderson of Aurora, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy “Shorty” Brooks; two sisters; and four brothers.

Pallbearers are Roy Gene Brooks, Anthony Anderson, Bubba Brooks, Brian Vance, Terry Simmons and Tom Scott.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.

Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

V.O. Brooks

CORINTH – Vardaman Owen “V.O.” Brooks, 83, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. burial will be in Mormon Cemetery at Booneville. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from noon to service time Saturday at the church.

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

Carol Ann Trimm

CORINTH – Carol Ann Trimm, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

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

Brittany Willis

BOONEVILLE – Brittany Willis, 16, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

Tracy Davidson

PRAIRIE – Tracy Davidson, 45, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

James Gathings

ABERDEEN – James A. Gathings, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Deborah Hall

BLUE SPRINGS – Deborah Diane Flanagan Hall, 61, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born April 21, 1952, in New Albany to Boyd Flanagan and Lucille Clayton. She was disabled, and a believer in the Baptist faith.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in the Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Dana Stout (Kelly) of Blue Springs; a son, Chad Hamm (Starr) of Blue Springs; a sister, Sherry Putt (David) of Saltillo; and three grandchildren, Scottie Elder, Jacob Elder and Zedan Perry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Hall; her parents; her stepfather, Bill Clayton; and a brother, Lanny Clayton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles Byram

TISHOMINGO – Charles Owen Byram, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Eddie Young

STATESBORO, Ga. – Edward O. “Eddie” Young, 64, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro, Ga., after a long illness. A native of Booneville, he was the son of the late Marion Elmer Young and Pauline Robertson Young. He graduated from Booneville High School in 1967 and attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College. He retired from Highland Village Chevron in Jackson in 2008 after working there for over 25 years. He had previously worked for the Interstate Paper Company in Riceboro, Ga., for 15 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Young Hunt and Olivia Jean Young; stepson, Blake Sword; grandchildren, Madelyn and Matthew Hunt; sister, Paulette Watkins; brother, Robert Charles Young; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Harvey Young; and his brother, Marion Guy Young.

A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Crossroads Baptist Church in Pelahatchie. Visitation and fellowship among family and friends will immediately follow in the Fellowship Hall. Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Homes of Reidsville, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Eddie Young Memorial Fund, c/o Trustmark Bank, P.O. Box 597, Pelahatchie, MS 39145.

Corrie Barnes

SHANNON – Corrie Barnes, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.