Obituaries September 5, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dorothy Roberts
PONTOTOC – Dorothy Motee Bishop Roberts died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Pontotoc Health Services Nursing Home in Pontotoc.
She was born Saturday, Nov. 20, 1920, in southwest Pontotoc County as the oldest child of Tilman Isom Bishop and Ella Rufus (Ruth) Pennington Bishop. She was educated in the public schools of Pontotoc County and Linden, Jefferson County, Texas.
She married James Lamar Roberts in Algoma on Oct. 23, 1937, and except for brief periods of time for employment, they continuously maintained their home in Pontotoc County until his death on Aug. 1, 2009, during the 72nd year of marriage.
In addition to her given name of Dorothy, she was often referred to as “Dot” by family and friends, and “M” by her Flanagan relatives.
She was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker, and received great satisfaction in providing for and caring for her immediate and extended family, as well as for countless others. She was renowned as a cook and producer and preserver of food and one of her great joys was gathering her family together at mealtime. She was an excellent gardener, and loved flowers and, especially, animals.
She was an employee of Rackley Turkey Farm and later a longtime employee of the Pontotoc Public School Cafeteria, where she served as manager for many years.
She was born into a Baptist family and she loved and respected all faiths, but she and her husband joined the Robbs United Methodist Church in 1941 and they both transferred their membership to the First United Methodist Church in 1950, where they were both loyal and dedicated members. She managed the church nursery on Sundays for many years and loved all children. A devout Christian, she daily prayed, read and studied her Bible, and she lived an independent life dedicated to the highest Christian principles.
She believed that the Earth and all therein was the Lord’s and that all life was perfectly ordered in nature in God’s framework.
She always enjoyed reading, writing and many television programs, and she faithfully corresponded with her family and many friends, including pen pals in this country and abroad.
Dorothy and Lamar and their two children moved from the Robbs community to Inzer Street, then outside the City of Pontotoc, in March 1946, where they resided until health issued required them to enter long-term care facilities, he in April 2002, and she in September 2006. Over a more than 60-year period, the North Inzer Street area was neighborly, hospitable and home, and the following families are warmly remembered: Hyde, Moore, Wright, Bradley, Ball, Johnson, Bramlett, Dearman, Franklin, Bouchillon, Atkins, Zinn, Sudduth, Smith, Young, Edwards, Palmer, Stubblefield, Jernigan, Enlow, Crausby, Collins, Gafford, Conlee, Baker and Hale, amongst others.
She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Roberts Bradley, and Jerry, of Pontotoc; her son, James Lamar Roberts Jr., and Rose, of Pontotoc; her granddaughter, Dr. Jerri Lamar Bradley Kantack and Keith C. Kantack, Esquire, and her great-granddaughter, Emma Driscoll Kantack, all of Tupelo.
She is also survived by her brother, Nickey Bishop and Iva Jo of Pontotoc, and their three sons, Michael, Robert and Braden, and their families; her niece, Patricia C. Blume and Major General Jay D. Blume Jr. and their family of Texas; three stepgrandchildren and their families, Pat Harrison of Collierville, Tenn., Ava H. Jordan of Columbus and Kim H. Bowles of Ackerman; and her sister-in-law, Anne Roberts Thurmon of Pontotoc; and her brother-in-law, James S. Donnaud of Orange, Texas.
She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and her grandson, James Lamar (Jaymar) Roberts III on Feb. 19, 1973. She was also predeceased by her sister, Juanita B. Donnaud, and her brother and sister-in-law, Rufus Paul Bishop and Libby W. Bishop, and her husband’s parents, Andrew Jackson Roberts and Hattie Lou Davis Roberts.
Her grandparents, all of whom predeceased her, were: John Henry Bishop and Lena Hellums Bishop; and Rufus Paul Pennington and Ida Smith Pennington Flanagan and E.V. Flanagan.
Aunts and uncles were predeceased her and with whom she was especially close were: John Edward Flanagan, and Grace, of Baltimore, Md.; Robert F. Flanagan of Penns Grove, N.J.; Earlene Flanagan of Pontotoc; Lucille F. Lavelle of North Carolina and Pontotoc; Sarah F. Crenshaw and Don of North Carolina; and Roberta F. Walls and Orvis of Pontotoc.
She loved all her family and was especially proud of her family lineage, which included her third great-grandparents, Revolutionary War patriot David Murphree and his wife, Jemima. She celebrated in the accomplishments and achievements of those whom she loved, and she labored with them in each and every difficulty they faced.
Services will be at the Pontotoc United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, with visitation at the church from 1:30 until service time. Officiating at the services will be the Revs. Roger Shock, Kenneth Corley and John E. Warren.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and interment will occur in Pontotoc Memorial Garden.
Pallbearers will be her three nephews: Michael Bishop, Robert Bishop and Braden Bishop; her grandson-in-law, Keith C. Kantack; her cousins, Larry Hellums and Edmund Hellums; Phillip L. Tutor, Esquire, and Allen Maxey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Neal Anderson, Jimmy Harrison, Tim Ferguson, Tommy Morton, Dr. Steve Montgomery, Dr. Dale Wing, Dr. John M. Patterson, Ross Fleming and the entire staff of the Pontotoc Health Services Nursing Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church or to a donor’s chosen charity.
Visitation will be today 4 p. m. to 8 p.m. at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Anna Beadles
CANTON, Ill. – Anna Ilene Hummel “Nana” Beadles, 97, formerly of Canton, peacefully passed at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2012. Anna was born in rural Lewistown, Ill., on July 17, 1915, the youngest daughter of Robert J. and Venus Wilcoxen Hummel. She graduated from Lewistown High School in 1933. On Aug. 25, 1934, she married Willis Christopher Beadles in Lewistown. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, her first child, David, her granddaughter, Marcie, stepgranddaughter, Lesa and infant twin great-grandchildren, four brothers and five sisters.
Surviving are her children, Joyce (Robert) Harland, Springfield, Ill., Gary (Lynn) Beadles, Saltillo, and Christopher (Penny) Beadles, Peoria, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and special friends. She was Nana to her surviving grandchildren, Jennifer Haberkorn, Tom Harland, Todd Beadles, Tracy Malone, Troy Beadles, Amy Carzoli, Brooke Beadles Thurau, Heather Vandermeir and stepgrandchildren, Steven Polley, Sheena Hagemann, Staci Zupancic and Brett Stone. All are teaching Nana’s lessons to 22 surviving great-grandchildren.
Anna was mother to many through the years as she and Willis opened their home to those who needed love or a helping hand. Her philosophy was “Keep your hands busy!” and whenever family or friends needed a helping hand, Nana was there.
Anna’s favorite times were activities with her family, especially music and games. She enjoyed cooking for her loved ones, playing golf and reading. She worked at several jobs in Canton including selling real estate and owning Ann’s Hat Shop. Anna was member of Wesley Untied Methodist Church in Canton.
Most recently Anna was a resident of Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired until she entered Morton Villas in July 2012, where caring staff and Hospice Compassus supported her on her final journey.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown, with visitation one hour before services with Pastor Tom Harland officiating. Burial will be at Providence Cemetery in rural Lewistown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mary Bryant Home Activity Fund, Hospice Compassus in Peoria or the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at

Russell Wilson
MANTACHIE – Avis Russell “Ab” Wilson, 59, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. He was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Florida to Ottis and Lillie Mae Senter Wilson. He worked at Mueller Copper Tube in maintenance before his retirement and was the Union president at Mueller for several years. He was a member of the Unity Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Curtis Shelton, Bro. Donald Graham and Tommy Mayhall officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Wilson of Mantachie; three daughters, Amanda Aguilera (Kike) of Corinth, Lisa Dillahay (Perry) of Springhill, Tenn., and Janet McCullough (Kevin) of Brewer; three sons, Jamie Wilson (Melinda) of Jackson, Jason Wilson (Courtney) of Booneville and Gerry Turner (Neely) of Mooreville; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Loretta Holley (Randy) of Fairview and Lynn Pannell (David) of Belden; and three brothers, Ottis Ray “PeeWee” Wilson (Nancy) of Fairview, Larry Wilson (Tonya) of Mantachie and Anthony Wilson (Elaine) of Fairview.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
At the request of Mr. Wilson, memorials can be made to the building fund at the Unity Church of God of Prophecy, 1865 Hwy. 363, Guntown, MS 38849.
Online condolences can be expressed at

Frances Gardner
NEW ALBANY – Frances Louise Gardner, 98, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born June 21, 1914, in Union County to Henry Lee and Mary Elizabeth McNeil Gardner. She formerly worked at Irwin B. Schwabe before becoming one of the first employees of Futorian Mfg., from which she retired. She was a puzzle enthusiast and really enjoyed the more challenging ones. She was the oldest member of Ingomar United Methodist Church.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Bro. Brad Sartor officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Mary Patton, Sara Mattox, Judy Bigham, Robin Knight, Brenda Pannell, Pat Grass, Lynda Womack, Donald Dodd, Jackie Dodd and Hugh Gardner; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Duncan, Hazel Coleman and Eloise Dodd, and two brothers, Hugh Gardner and Bill Gardner.
Pallbearers will be Will Dodd, Jon Dodd, Jeff Dodd, Kyle Dodd, Greg Bigham, Scott Bigham and Bill Mattox.
Memorials can be made to Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1110 County Road 90, New Albany, MS 38652.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit

Dottie Bennette
AMORY – Dottie S. Bennette, 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
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Josephine Williams
IUKA – Josephine Williams, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at

Edward Hurd
BELDEN – Edward Eugene Hurd, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Darlington Oak Community Hospice in Verona. He was born July 2, 1932, to John and Clara Black.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Inspirational Community Baptist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Larry Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mae Cobbs of Pontotoc and Annie (Joe) Moore of Tupelo; four sons, David (Loretta) Hurd and Jessie (Dottie) Hurd, both of Tupelo, Terry (Hazel) Hurd and Tommy Hurd, both of Belden; 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carrie Moore of Okolona, Minnie (Charlie) Shelley of Sherman and Clara N. Hill of Saltillo; one sister-in-law, Lena Mae Hoover, and one brother in-law, W.L. Moore, both of Milwaukee, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corrine Hurd; his parents, one son, Edward hurd Jr.; one daughter, Grace Fields; and one brother, Jessie Black.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Nona Johnsey
MANTACHIE – Nona Johnsey, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. She was born Oct. 8, 1938, to Donnie Lee and Edna Stell Lauderdale. She was an employee of Olympic Products until her retirement in 1990. She enjoyed working with her flowers and entertaining family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dempsey Rowland and Terry Ramey officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Regina Ramey (Chris) of Peppertown; three sons, Gary Johnsey of Peppertown, Tracy Johnsey of Oxford and Chad Johnsey (Julie) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Brooke Ramey, and Justin, Josh and Jason Johnsey; two sisters, Moize Nanney of Tupelo and Evelyn Ramey of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Linda Lauderdale of Auburn community; a brother-in-law, Nelson Wilburn of Ozark community; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Billy Johnsey; parents; one brother, Charlie Lauderdale; and two sisters, Virginia Stennett Bishop and Louise Wilburn.
Pallbearers will be Tim Rogers, Tommy Wilburn, Justin Johnsey, Terry Ramey, Jeff Jones, Mike Flanigan and Darrell Dickinson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Clifton Shields, Josh Johnsey, Jason Johnsey and Brooke Ramey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at

Willie West
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willie Olden West, 89, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Trinity Missions in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Garden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Robinson
FULTON – Mildred Robinson, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. She was born on Aug. 10, 1928, to James Tollie and Loraine Umfress Clouse in Mississippi. She was a founding member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church. She was a past president and treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 51.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Royce Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Caffy (Russ) of Fulton and Deborah Smith (Larry) of Tupelo; two sisters, Olene Wright (Richard) of Fulton and Yvonne Huling of Fulton; grandsons, David Lewis (Lorie) of Fulton and Stephen Lewis (Sherry) of Mantachie; and great-grandchildren, James and Lila Lewis of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wade Robinson; her parents; and a son, Randy Robinson.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Leathers, David Lewis, David Guth, Jim Brown, Keith Huling and Mitch Nabors.
Visitation will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Online condolences can be expressed at

Jannie Echols
HOLLY SPRINGS – Jannie Lee Stewart Echols, 96, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chulahoma M.B. Church at Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday.
Randy Broadway
BALDWYN – Randy “Hollywood” Broadway, 54, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of Priceville Baptist Church. He was a welder and former employee of Mid South Auto Sales. He enjoyed boating, outdoors and spending time with his friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Alexander and Bro. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dustin Broadway of Guntown; his mother, Nadine Butler of Baldwyn; one sister, Laurie Smink of Guntown; two brothers, Richard Broadway of Verona and Rodney White of Cape Coral, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Jeffery Gross
OXFORD – Jeffery Gross, 47, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Grenada.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at

Charles Gorden
BALDWYN – Charles S. Gorden, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Oscar Billingsley
BATESVILLE – Oscar Hiram Billingsley, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in Memphis.
Services with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will folow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeralhome.

James Stagner
BLUE MOUNTAIN – James Harold Stagner, 76, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, as the result of a vehicle accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
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