Obituaries September 4, 2013

E.J. Grisham Sr.
CLINTON – E.J. Grisham Sr., 89, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home of Clinton is handling arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today, Sept. 4, 2013, and from 10 until 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Wright and Ferguson in Clinton. Interment will be Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the New Albany City Cemetery.

E.J. was born in Union County to Howard and Lurah Grisham.

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942, he graduated from New Albany High School and immediately joined the U.S. Army Air Force.

When the war ended, his goal was to join the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol; however, because he was too young to meet the age requirements, he went to Washington D.C., to work in the Fingerprint Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 1949, he returned to Mississippi to attend Itawamba Junior College, where he played football under Coach A. D. “Butch” Lambert. The team referred to themselves as “Butch’s Boys,” and after Coach Lambert’s death, began the tradition of a yearly reunion, an event enjoyed by E.J. for many years.

E.J. realized his goal of becoming a member of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in the summer of 1950, successfully completing Patrol School and being sworn into duty on Aug. 1, 1950. Life was to change quickly for him. On Dec. 2, 1950, after stopping a car carrying four suspected automobile thieves, he sustained a gunshot wound to the neck and was left on a country road just north of Vicksburg. Although he was given little chance for survival and virtually no prospect of resuming normal daily life, he not only survived but thrived, astounding doctors by his determination to overcome the lasting effects of this injury. In 1960, he became an investigator and fingerprint expert in the Identification Division of the
Highway Patrol, a position he held until mandatory retirement at the age of 60. Following retirement,

E.J. remained active in the Mississippi Highway Patrol Retired Troopers Association.

E.J. will be remembered as a generous man of strong conviction and determination who loved his family, country and God. For 34 years, he was a faithful member, deacon and Training Union leader at Van Winkle Baptist Church in Jackson.

After moving to Clinton in 1993, he became an active member of First Baptist Church.

As a World War II veteran, he enjoyed membership in both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Until his health declined, he was also very active in the Right to Life organization.

E.J. was a remarkable gardener and could repair virtually anything. More importantly, he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. When possible, he attended all school, church and sporting events in which his children and grandchildren participated and, as a strong believer in the value of education, supported and encouraged their academic activities.

Although he battled permanent difficulties for the rest of his life, he never gave up, refusing to be labeled as handicapped or disabled in any way.

He was determined to live fully, joyfully and contentedly in all circumstances. E.J. accomplished much in life and will be remembered as someone who served God and others.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his remarkable wife of 61 years, Alice Murphy Grisham; son, E.J. “Jack” Grisham Jr. (Debbie); daughters, Beverly Lawrence (Tim) and Suzan Newman (Rick); brother, W.R. (Robert) Grisham;
grandchildren, Katie Lawrence, Mary Ellen Lawrence, Kellon Lawrence, Elizabeth Newman Adrian (John), David Newman, Allison Newman and Andrew Newman; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Clinton HealthCare Center and PAX Hospice who have lovingly cared for him during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, P. O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060 or to a favorite charity.

Charles Henry Sr.
GREENWOOD – Charles Guyton Henry Sr., 82, passed away on Aug. 31, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Mr. Henry was born in the Mississippi community of Skuna Valley in Yalobusha County on March 11, 1931, and was one of 10 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Willie E. Henry. Mr. Henry’s passing was peaceful and attended by his son. He is survived by three brothers, one sister, two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren.

Mr. Henry spent the last few years of his life in Greenwood as a resident of Indywood Glen Assisted Living Facility. He loved the facility and especially the employees and other residents. It would take quite an effort to get him to leave the facility even for a short period of time. He often spoke of Mrs. Sharon Harvey, the owner, and Mrs. Kim Long, the activities director. Mrs. Long held a very special place in his heart for which his family thanks her.

Mr. Henry was an insurance agent located in Jackson for most of his professional career. Before this he was a school teacher and basketball coach in Tunica. As a young man he loved the game of basketball and played for Itawamba Community College, the Army and Mississippi College in Clinton, where he earned a master’s degree in education. Throughout his life he spoke highly of Mississippi College and had the deepest respect for Coach James “Stute” Allen. Mr. Henry, No. 16, was a center for the basketball team and enjoyed successful seasons from 1953 through 1955.

Due to Mr. Henry’s love for Mississippi College, burial will be at the Clinton Cemetery just off campus in Clinton at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the service. There will be a short graveside visitation. Dr. Eric Pratt with Mississippi College will officiate, and pallbearers, due to the kindness of Coach Josh Brooks, will be members of the current Mississippi Choctaw basketball team.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Pratt, Coach Brooks and the players for making this possible and for their kindness.

Mr. Henry is honored and would like for memorial donations to be made to the Mississippi College Athletic and/or Benevolence Funds (601-925-3000); 200 W. College St., Clinton, MS 39056.

Liz Robins
BALDWYN – Elizabeth Lee “Liz” Robins, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of Prentiss Robins Sr. and Hortense Lucas Robins. A native of Baldwyn, she moved to Ohio in the early 1960s, making Wilberforce her permanent residence. She was a loyal employee at Central State University for 42 years, receiving the service award in 2010 for maintaining the longest service employment record at the university. She was a member of Springhill M.B. Church. She enjoyed visiting with her neighbors while sitting on the porch and going shopping.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at Springhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Jonathan Bass officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangement.

Survivors include her brother, Prentiss (Myrtle) Robins Jr. of Baldwyn; nephews and nieces, Wanda (Wesley) Nelms of Oxford, Keena (Barbara) Robins and Regina (Tommy) Copeland, both of Tupelo, Gregory (Gina) Robins and Lisa (Eddie) Hodges, both of Baldwyn; and great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time today.

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

Ricky Grissom
OXFORD – Ricky David Grissom, 56, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Snow Lake. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Snow Lake Fire Department, 112 Snow Lake Drive, Ashland, MS 38602.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Shelle Melton
TUPELO – Ruby Michelle “Shelle” Melton died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born in Starkville on April 27, 1971, to Frank and Relda Castles. She grew up in Tupelo, graduating from Tupelo High School in 1989. She attended Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State University. A prolific writer, she worked in advertising and marketing for Smith and Nephew, Lee County Courier and Prudential Real Estate. She served as the PTA vice president for Parkway Elementary School. She used her inspirational writing skills in many areas of life, particularly during her illness. She was an encouragement to others who were struggling with difficulties because she handled her own with such grace. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and daughter. People were drawn to her because of her warm and genuine personality.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at Lee Memorial Park. A true celebration of her life will be hosted by her family at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Scott Melton of Tupelo; three children, Chandler Carson Melton, Dakota Scott Melton and Alexandria Zoe Melton, all of the home; her brothers and sister, Kenny Castles (Donna) and Darlene Castles, all of Tupelo, and Robby Castles of Greenville, S.C.; her parents, Frank and Relda Castles of Saltillo; her mother-in-law, Delayne Gilliam of Plantersville, her father-in-law, King “Buddy” Gilliam of Plantersville; her grandmother, Iris Castles of Starkville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Lee Lambert
OXFORD – Lee Edgar Lambert, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 4, at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Water Valley.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Tim Shorter
OXFORD – Charles Timothy “Tim” Shorter, 56, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Interment will be in Abbeville Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to NWCC Foundation Tim Shorter Scholarship, P.O. Drawer 7015, 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668.

Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Earnest Shumpert
TUPELO – Earnest Shumpert died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at his home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Virginia Earnest
EUPORA – Virginia Annette Earnest, 73, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow at Webster Memorial Gardens in Eupora.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Walthall Baptist Church.

Mary Lois Scott
RIPLEY – Mary Lois Scott, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Eunice Smith
CORINTH – Eunice Horton Smith, 85, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Counce United Pentecostal Church in Counce, Tenn. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery in Michie, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at Counce United Pentecostal Church from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.

Charles Doss
PONTOTOC – Charles Doss, 82, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Tim Tate
POTTS CAMP – Timothy Wayne “Tim” Tate, 53, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Veterans Hospital in Memphis. He was born May 16, 1960, in Memphis to William Ellis Tate and Mary Lawanda Rhodes. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver before becoming disabled. He was a member of Enterprise Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 4, at Beulah Cemetery with the Rev. Byron Tate officiating. Burial will follow. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Bridgett Tate; his mother, Mary Lawanda Rhodes; two daughters, Mary Tate and Nicole Tate; two stepdaughters, Christian Matthews and Kristi Spielhagan; a stepson, Huey Hebert; two brothers, Danny Tate and Jimmy Tate; a half brother, Mark Fuller; and four stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Ellis Tate; a son, Christopher Tate; and a brother, Staff Sgt. Byron C. Tate.

His nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In honor of Mr. Tate, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Hazel Harmon
HOUSTON – Hazel Jeanette Brock Harmon, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, to Jack and Ruby Brock of Van Vleet. She was a mother, a homemaker and a Methodist. She owned and operated Harmon Hall House for 15 years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Griffin officiating. Burial will be at Macedonia Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her children, Diana Linley (Johnny) of Houston, Lynda Smith (Roger) of Ridgeland, Gerald Harmon (Pam) of Houston, Marie Elliott of Tupelo, Kathy Overstreet (Joe) of Germantown, Tenn., Judy Hare (Curtis) of Houston, Michael Harmon (Paula) of Houston, Danny Harmon (Nikki of Houston, Dennis Harmon (Melanie) of Brandon and Mark Harmon (Dottie) of Houston; two sisters, Clytee Hester of Houston and Jackie Hughes of Tupelo; one brother, Danny Brock of Van Vleet; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, William Lynn Harmon; one daughter, Hazel Denise Harmon; her parents, Jack and Ruby Brock; one sister, Joyce Myatt; and one brother, Bill Brock.
Pallbearers will be her sons.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to NMMC Hospice Unit.

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

William Childers
RIPLEY – William Obie Childers, 64, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born March 15, 1949, to Ray and Lona Esta Hill Childers in Tippah County.

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

Survivors include son, Keith Allen Childers of Ripley; daughters, Sandy Childers Tidwell (Rodney) of Ripley and Candy Childers; sisters, Nadine Hurt, Linda Gross (Jimmy), Reba Childs (D.A.), Lyda Gates (Earnest) and Pam Jobe (Anthony), all of Ripley; brothers, Michael Childers of Pryor, Okla. and David Childers (Peggy) of West Point; and four grandchildren, Matthew Pannell, and Jessie, Jacob and Jarrett Tidwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jackie Childers; and three infant sisters.

To view and sign an online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Amy Hutcheson
FULTON – Amy Shewbart Hutcheson, 41, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Willie Myatt
BECKER – Willie G. Myatt, 79, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Benefield
NEW ALBANY – William Robert Benefield, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 16, 1927, in Tippah County to Jim Benefield and Beulah Burton Benefield. He was a farmer at the Bar U Ranch. He loved NASCAR, being outdoors, and helping his wife shell beans and peas. He was a member of the Keownville Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Jerry Bishop and the Rev. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in the Keownville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Erma Jean Benefield of New Albany; two daughters, Lisa Manning (Gale) and Sandra Yarbrough (David), both of New Albany; a son, Eddie Benefield (Nancy) of Ripley; two sisters, Betty Rainey (Sid) and Juanita Bryan, both of Ripley; five grandchildren, Sherry Hogue (Dean), Jason Yarbrough (Shawna), Austin Holt, Ann Little (Harvey) and Will Benefield; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and four brothers.

Pallbearers will be Jason Yarbrough, Dean Hogue, Will Benefield, Austin Holt, Chris Todd and Harvey Little. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Ford, Lavern Ketchum, Leonard Callicutt, Ronnie Chism, Charles Harrison, Jim Botbyl, Sammy Chism and Lynn Fitts.

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

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Renalda Townsend
MEMPHIS – Renalda Joyce Townsend, 51, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her home in Memphis. She was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Bobby Hill
WOODLAND – Bobby Sid Hill, 71, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. He was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Chickasaw County to Lonnie B. Hill and Elizabeth Hutchinson Hill. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 4, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Luskey Green officiating. Burial will be Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Pate Hill of Woodland; his daughter, Lisa Marie Hill Chandler (Bonny) of Woodland; one grandson, Adam Lee Chandler of Woodland; two brothers, Jimmy B. Hill (Mary) of Fort Walton, Fla., and David Hill (Jan) of Woodland; and one sister, Rebecca Hicks (Cleve) of Fort Walton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Elizabeth Hill; a brother, Charles Odom; and his stepmother, Lillian Hill.

Pallbearers will be Terry Hill, Robert Champion, Bobby Champion, Garey Austin, Ronnie Adkins and Gary Adkins.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Brenda Hawkins
COLUMBUS – Brenda Avyline Ames Hawkins, 55, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at her residence in Columbus. She was born Oct. 5, 1957, to William Minor Ames Jr. and Ila Mae Cooper Ames in Heidelburg, Germany. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen and the past two years in Columbus. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School. She served in the U.S. Army as a supply clerk. She was a member of Healing Waters Fellowship.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Earl Vance officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Gregory Brian Hawkins of Korea; one daughter, Elizabeth Shane Hawkins of Springfield, Mo.; one son, Jonathan Miles Hawkins of Columbus; two sisters, Anetta Ames of Athens and Linda Fortenberry of Columbus; one brother, William Minor Ames III (Angelica) of Nurenberg, Germany; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Rita Jo Fair; and one brother, Doyle Eugene Ames.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

You can sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.