Obituaries September 3, 2013

Roy Shelton
TUPELO – Roy Shelton was born on June 4, 1924, in Houlka to Bob and Alma Prude Shelton. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 89. Roy is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Doris Doss Shelton; his children, Loretta Kanyo (Andre’) and Jerry Shelton (Morgan); four grandchildren, Craig Shelton (Lenora), Skip Shelton (Jennifer), Brandon Kanyo and Zack Kanyo; seven great-grandchildren, Paul Shelton, Justin Shelton, Jackson Shelton, Aiden Shelton, Dillon Shelton, Brooklynn McCoy and Bryce McCoy; and his sister, Martha Paden (Eugene). He was also brother to the late Milton Shelton. He loved his family immensely and always adored the times he spent with them.

After graduation in 1942 from Houlka High School, he was drafted at the age of 18 and proudly served his country in the United States Army as a member of the 245th Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II.

After the military, he farmed with his brother and father. After the farm flooded, he worked at the Patch Tractor Company. He also worked many years as an insurance agent with National Life Insurance from 1957-1964 and Allstate Insurance from 1964 until his retirement.

A man of faith, he was a founding member and one of the first three elders of Lawndale Presbyterian Church and currently attended Harrisburg Baptist Church. He also committed his time as a member of the Gideons International. The family asks that memorials may be made in his honor to the Gideons, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.

He was a member of Good Sam’s RV Club, the Jaycees and enjoyed spending time camping, baking and woodworking.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the celebration of his life that was well-lived with honor and integrity on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. A graveside with military honors will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will begin noon until service time Wednesday, at the church.

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

Allene Massey
BANNER – Allene Davis Massey, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born July 30, 1923, in Coffeeville. She was a homemaker and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruby Davis of Murphy, N.C., and Elizabeth Carter of Bruce; one son, Homer Floyd of Sarepta; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Winston Davis and Della B. Flannigan Davis; her husbands, Gabe Floyd and Archie Massey; one daughter, Mary Lamar; two sons, Gabe Floyd Jr. and James Floyd; three sisters, Ila Boaks, Dale Cofer and Lillian Tidwell; and one brother, Frank Davis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 3, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Jerry Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Banner Cemetery, in Banner.

Pallbearers will be Chris Fisk, William Fisk, Brandon Galloway, Herman Wayne Galloway, Larry Wayne Galloway and Jimmy Shepard.

Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Sylvia Brown
TUPELO – Sylvia Williams Brown, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at the Green Houses of United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. She was born April 1, 1938, in Tupelo to John Rush Williams and Martha Miller Williams. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, she graduated from Tupelo High School and continued her education at Millsaps College in Jackson. She married Tom Brown on March 13, 1978, and loved being with him and their family. She was a master homemaker, enjoyed interior decorating, and had a passion for shopping. She was a member of First Christian Church of Tupelo.

A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Sherry Horton officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Survivors include six sons, Bill Wood III (Sonja) of Tupelo, Tommy Brown of Memphis, Brandon Donaldson of Red Bank, Steve Brown of Jackson, Tenn., Eric Brown of Red Bank and Micci Brown of Florida; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Wood Gray of Tupelo; two brothers, James Williams (Frances) and Mike Williams (Michelle), all of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Josh Wood, Chris Wood, Zack Wood, Wesley Gray, Callee Johnson and Meagan Johnson; and one great-grandchild, Mia Wood.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Tom; two sons, Brad Brown and Michael Brown.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Williams, Riley Henton, Wesley Gray, George Putnam, Mike Brown, Steve Brown and Melvin Harris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 1590 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804, or Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jeri Beard
TUPELO – Jeri Nichols Beard, 83, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Lee County to Walton and Jessie Nichols. She lived many years in Florida and California and traveled extensively.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at W.E. Pegues on Jefferson Street in Tupelo with Dr. Gayle Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Billy James Adams (Vickie) of Port Lucie, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, H.C. “Ben” Nichols of Ormond Beach, Fla., Bobby Gene Nichols (Janet) of Baldwyn and Dr. Wilmer “Wimp” Nichols (Arlene) of Gainesville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Beard; her parents; four brothers; two sisters; and one daughter, Linda Houston.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Tupelo or to a charity of your choice.

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

Louis Tomlinson Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Louis “Mitch” Tomlinson Sr., 73, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born Nov. 8, 1939, in Marshall County. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ. He was a funeral director with United Funeral Service in New Albany and Holly Springs Funeral Home. He was also a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Holly Springs Police Department.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Kerry Reid, Bro. Todd Sanderson and Bro. Jerry Coates will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.

He is survived by one son, Louis “Mitch’ Tomlinson Jr. (Starlit) of Holly Springs; grandson, Louis “Trey” Tomlinson III of Holly Springs; granddaughter, Lucinda Graham Tomlinson of Holly Springs; great-grandson, Trevor Ray Tomlinson of Rogers, Ark.; stepdaughter, Paula Smoot (Gary) of Byhalia; four stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bunnie Moore Tomlinson; his parents, Arthur Louis Tomlinson and Pollye Mitchell Tomlinson; two stepchildren, Robert Mitchell and Belinda M. Gaskill.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bernice Polk
IUKA – Bernice Alberta Harrison Polk, 80, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Ima Mercer
ECRU – Ima Faye Mayes Mercer, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born April 29, 1930, in Wildersville, Tenn., to Elvis Franklin and Ada Roberta Vineyard Mayes. She was a resident of the Friendship community for more than 40 years. She was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington, Tenn. Bro. Bill Thompson will officiate. Burial will be in Darden Cemetery in Darden, Tenn.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington, Tenn.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Ronnie) Walls of Arlington, Tenn., and Sharon Harrison of Tupelo; two sons, Scott Mercer (Kim) and Mark Mercer of Ecru; six grandchildren, Theresa Simpson (Kevin) of Germantown, Tenn., Jeff Hendrix of Tupelo, Lisa Billons (Brandon) iof Horn Lake, Jennifer Brock (Joel) of Baldwyn, Katie and Keaton Mercer of Ecru; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse Curtis Mercer; a sister, Anne Mae Mayes Evans; and a brother, Billy Joe Mayes.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Simpson, Brandon Billons, Jeff Hendrix, Joel brock, Kenneth Mayes and Bilbo Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Walls, Justin Werner, Jamie Mayes and Kevin Hicks.

All flowers should be sent to Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington, Tenn.

Robby Smith
CORINTH – Robby Lee Smith died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at his home. He was born on July 19, 1969, to Curtis Elam and Dimple Crum Elam. He was a logger and a member of North Corinth Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Tippah-Shiloh Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Dimple Hastings Smith; one son, Brandon Smith; one stepson, Jeremy Thrasher (Teresa); his father, Curtis Elam; two brothers, Travis Smith (Angie) and Scotty Elam (companion, Shonda); two stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dimple Crum Elam.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

Hazel Harmon
HOUSTON – Hazel Harmon, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.

Mary Lee Vaughn
OXFORD – Mary Lee “Cordie Mae” Vaughn, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Brenda Hawkins
COLUMBUS – Brenda Ames Hawkins, 55, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at her home in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Starla McGee
WATER VALLEY – Starla Joanna “Hannah” McGee, 29, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at her home in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Willie Myatt Sr.
BECKER – Willie G. Myatt Sr., 79, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Memorials and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Anthony Derrico
TUPELO – Anthony Derrico, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.