Obituaries September 27, 2013

James Gathings

ABERDEEN – James Arthur Gathings, 44, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev. Nathaniel Gathings will officiate. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.

He is survived by his parents, Nathaniel and Bessie Gathings of Aberdeen; three sons, Trell Ealy of Plantersville, James Gathings Jr., and Jeremiah Gathings, both of Tupelo; four brothers, Nathaniel (Carolyn) Gathings of Amory, Brandon (Jacqueline) Gathings, Mickey (Carolyn) Poe, and James (Ann) Orr, all of Aberdeen; one sister, Courtney Gathings of Aberdeen; and three grandchildren.

Friends may sign the guest register today at the funeral home.

Geraldine Ramsay

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Geraldine “Geri” Terry Ramsay, 92, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at her home in Flint, Texas, after a sudden illness. She was born Nov. 22, 1920, to Thomas Jasper Terry and Margaret Ethel Brown Terry. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tenn., in 1942, and met and married her lifelong love, Bob Norwood Ramsay, in 1943. Devoted to her family and the church, she served alongside her Baptist minister husband for 40 years in churches in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi, and traveled with him on mission trips to Japan, Korea, India, the Philipines, Italy and England. In her later years of ministry in Tupelo, she enjoyed teaching a Sunday Couples’ Class at Calvary Baptist Church. She was also an active member of the Tupelo Peripatetic Reading Club. She was passionate, generous and forgiving. Her love and dedication for family and church, and passion for reading, politics, argument and words will continue to serve as inspiration that will be forever remembered and cherished.

Survivors include her children, Dr. Sarah Jane “Sam” Ramsay of Flint, Texas, Jere Robert “Bob” Ramsay of Hattiesburg, Janice Lee “Jan” Ramsay of Orlando, Fla., and James Bradford “Brad” Ramsay (Karen) of Fairfax, Va.; four grandchildren, Ashley Davis (Jeff) of Winter Park, Fla., Catherine Beard (Jon) of Virginia Beach, Va., David Ramsay of Boston, Mass., Tracy Ramsay of London, England; six great-grandchildren, Ramsay, Emilie, Sally Ann and J.R. Davis, Gusta and Millie Beard; sister, Sara “Sarie” Stewart (Clarence); niece, Gerry “Cissy” White (Frank); nephew Dr. Jack Stewart (Sarah); friends and caregivers, Frederica Mack and Jane Henson; and “adopted daughter,” Rosie Davis.

Preceding her in death were her husband of 54 years, Dr. Bob N. Ramsay; daughter, Margaret Melissa Barnett; son-in-law, James Crawley Barnett; and niece, Lisa Stewart.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tenn. Private graveside service will be Sunday, Sept. 29, at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery with Dr. James Madison Ramsay officiating.

Pallbearers will be Bob Ramsay, Brad Ramsay, David Ramsay, Jim Ramsay, Jack Stewart and Frank White.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 501 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

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Elsie Blanke

PONTOTOC – Elsie Marie Griffin Blanke, 93, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Other information will be released later.

Brittany Willis

BOONEVILLE – Brittany Nicole Willis, 16, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident. She was a student, and loved basketball, riding around, dancing and hanging out with her friends.

A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 27, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Scotty Downs and Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.

She is survived by her mother, Sherry Willis of Iuka; five sisters, Sonya Willis Hargett (Bedford), with whom she resided, and Courtney Willis, both of Jumpertown, Tiffany Inman Moss (James) of Marietta, Paula Inman of a Iuka and Tina Green (Daniel) of Jumpertown; her grandmother, Letha Horn Pace of New Site; four aunts, Ruby Willis, Trisha Ann Willis, Judy Willis and Joyce Inman; and two uncles, W.D. Willis and Earl Willis.

She was preceded in death by her father, Tommy Willis; her grandparents, Paul A. Inman, Albert and Elsie Willis; and two sisters, Tonya Willis Michael and Tammy Lynn Willis.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Lena Moore

TUPELO – Lena Helms Moore, 93, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton. She was born in Lee County on March 4, 1920, to Rome and Ila Priddy Helms. She was a Mooreville High School graduate. She was a member of Ballardsville Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and had a lifelong passion for walking.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 27, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Roger D. Franks officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Moore; her parents, Rome and Ila Priddy Helms; one brother, Cecil Helms; and two sisters, Ruth Mills and Margie Sizemore.

Pallbearers will be Rickey Boyd, C.G. Franks, Bobby Irvin, Bobby Christian, Junior Loague and Robert Helms.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Bell

PHEBA – Robert Lee Bell, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in Pheba. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Ozzie Stewart

CHICAGO – Ozzie Milton Stewart, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Chicago. He was born Aug. 17, 1941, to Jack and Jennie Mae Stewart in Baldwyn. He was a former member of Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church in Baldwyn. He attended Lee-Prentiss High School, where he was an outstanding basketball player.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church with the Rev Carl Shack officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, the Rev. Loraine Stewart of Chicago; three daughters, Regina (Jimmy) Traylor of Booneville, Gwendolyn Ellis of Chicago and Ieschia Stewart of Madison, Wis.; one son, Jeff Stewart of Booneville; one sister Charlene Sanders of Booneville; three brothers, Jimmy Stewart of Pinson, Tenn., Eddie Lee Stewart of Baldwyn and Willie J. Stewart of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mary C. Smith of Baldwyn.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church.

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

Lottie P. Ritter

NETTLETON – Lottie Bell Payne Ritter, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in the Nettleton area of Monroe County on March 14, 1932, to Frederick Waymon Payne and Jimmie Lou Monts Payne. She graduated from Wren High School. She married the love of her life, William Forrest “Buddy” Ritter of Amory, on Feb. 11, 1956, and they made their home in the Birmingham area all their adult lives. A master homemaker, she loved gardening and working in her yard. She worked with the Masonic and Shriner organizations alongside her husband and joined him on long hauls in his 18-wheeler around the country. In her younger years, she was a dental assistant. She loved cats and dogs and, while having no children of her own, she doted over her numerous nieces, nephews and their families as if they were her own children.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 27, at Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her nephew, Bro. Phil Hatley, officiating. Private burial will follow in the Wren Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the Nettleton Chapel.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Forrest “Buddy” Ritter of Adamsville, Ala.; her sisters, Juanita DeVall of Oklahoma, Ruth Ophelia Bishop and Jimmie Nell Kyle, both of Nettleton; two brothers, Joe Glenn Payne (Ruth) and Bobby Waymon Payne, both of Nettleton; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Ovel, Ross and Frank Payne, Olga Rogers and Erin Leota Payne.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Clint Young Sr.

PONTOTOC – Clint Young Sr., 94, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Black Zion community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Freddie Traylor

DETROIT, Mich. – Freddie B. Traylor, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He was born April 23, 1945, to Roosevelt and Carrie Gibbs Traylor in New Albany. He graduated from New Albany High School Class of 1964. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired employee of Ford Motor Co. in Detroit.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Shady Grove Baptist Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Detroit. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Vermalyn Traylor of Detroit; four children, Jeffery Bennett Traylor, Marilyn Traylor Cullens (Thomas), Vernell Rena Traylor Dixon, all of Ecru, and Freddie B. Traylor Jr. of New Albany; one brother, Robert Traylor Jr.; two sisters, Marie Shamblin and Hattie Sue Jones, all of New Albany; nine grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Pearlie Mae Carr

OKOLONA – Pearlie Mae Carr, 75, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Palestine M.B. Church in Van Vleet. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

W.C. Lindley

HODGES, Ala. – William C. “W.C.” Lindley, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Hamilton Nursing Home in Hamilton, Ala.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens at Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home.

Chris Russell

TUPELO – Charles “Chris” Russell, 61, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He was born in Tupelo on Aug. 10, 1952, to Freddie R. Russell and Tessie Edith Jones Russell. He lived in the Tupelo area all his life. He worked the past 18 years as a trucking terminal manager for Tupelo Transfer Company. He had a big heart, was a practical jokester, fun loving and lived life large. He loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He attended Temple Baptist Church.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Old Union Cemetery with his brother, Freddie Russell, speaking. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Survivors include his father, Freddie R. Russell of Tupelo; one daughter, Christy Blanchard of Mooreville; two sons, Joshua Brandon Russell (Kayla) and Timothy Jacob Russell (Holly), all of Tupelo; two brothers, Freddie Ray Russell (Linda) and Phillip Edward Russell, all of Tupelo; one sister, P.K. Kelley (Jeff) of Dresden, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edith; and the mother of his daughter, Sheryl Grammar.

Honorary pallbearers will be his associates at Tupelo Transfer Company.

Condolences may be emailedto hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Willie Mae Thomas

HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Willie Mae Thomas, 95, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Henry Ford Continuing Care-Belmont in Harper Woods. Mich. A native of Pontotoc, she was the daughter of John Wesley Reno and Luvenia Simmons Reno. She was an active member of Friendship M.B. Church in Pontotoc a member of the Heroines of Jericho.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Friendship M.B. Church. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thomas; and two sisters, Maggie and Thelma.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Laura Wall

OXFORD – Laura Ann Woodburn Wall, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was the widow of Damon Wall. She was a loving and devoted wife, and a caring and committed mother and grandmother. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she was administrative assistant in their social department for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford.

Survivors include four daughters, Beth Touchstone of Meridian, Cindy Rich of Madison, Patty Bowman of Birmingham, Ala., and Debbie Townsend of Alexandria, Va.; one son, Steven W. Wall of Washington D.C.; one sister, Mary Ellen Nutt of Savannah, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. Robert Allen and the Rev. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; Gideons International, The Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, P.O. Box 142, Oxford, MS 38655; or The Damon Wall Engineering Scholarship, c/o The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.

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