By NEMS Daily Journal
Dr. Robert Plants
OXFORD – Dr. Robert Wayne “Bob” Plants, 89, retired professor in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Home in Oxford.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Barksdale, the Rev. Jimmy Curtis and the Rev. Pat Ward officiating. Visitation will be today, Oct. 16, 2012, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home and again on Wednesday prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. A graveside service will be Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Keatchi, La. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Bob was born on Jan. 8, 1923, in Grand Island, Neb. During his early years, his family homesteaded in Wyoming. From there they lived in Oregon and California before moving to Monroe, La., and then settling in Shreveport, La., where Bob spent his youth. He attended Louisiana State University before enlisting in the Army. During World War II, Bob was a Master Sergeant in charge of communications in the 101st Airborne Division, 506 Battalion. For his bravery and sacrifice, he was awarded a Purple Heart and recently the French Legion of Honour Medal for services rendered during D-Day in Normandy.
After the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at Centenary College and became a teacher at Cotton Valley High School and Claiborne Elementary School. Bob continued to pursue his educational dream, receiving his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas. He served as principal of Hosston Junior High School and then joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi from 1962-1984, where he taught and was head of the Elementary Education program. Upon his retirement, the Robert W. Plants Outstanding Student Teacher Award was established in his honor.
To friends, colleagues and students who knew him well, Bob was considered a “Renaissance man” due to his passion and dedication not only to children and their education but also to his many interests, among them art, archeology, painting, gardening, woodworking and writing. To his family, he was considered a strong and wise man, a man of integrity and grit, a teacher extraordinaire, a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, and a man who made this world a better place for others.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Sadie Henry Plants; brothers, Cecil Plants, Fred Plants and Cleve Plants; and a sister, June Plants Slemmons.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Kathryn Hassell Plants; three daughters, Ellen Massey and her husband, Jim, of Lockhart, Texas, Mary K. Haik and her husband, Billy, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Joy Batte and her husband, John, of Ridgeland; one son, Robert Plants of Oxford; six devoted granddaughters, Kim Haik Cage and her husband, Chad, Terese Haik, Stephanie Haik Greenwell and her husband, Steve, Lindsey Batte McMullan and her husband, Kelly, Leighton Batte Mosteller and her husband, Clifton, and Katie Batte Ringer and her husband, Jeff; five great-granddaughters and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the VA staff and Community Hospice for their tender care during Bob’s last days.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, N. 16th Street, Oxford, MS 38655; The Robert W. Plants Outstanding Student Teacher Award, c/o University of Mississippi School of Education, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
In honor of Dr. Plants’ service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit the website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
OKOLONA – Mae Ola Fields, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 7, 1921, in Chickasaw County to General Lee Perkins and Maudine Babbitt Perkins. She graduated from Okolona Junior College and later graduated from Rust College in 1957 with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She retired from Calhoun County School District after serving 42 years as an elementary teacher. In 1949 she married Joseph Lee Fields and partnered with him in establishing Fields Funeral Home and became a licensed funeral director. She also presided as Most Ancient Matron of the Heroines of Jericho, Okolona Court 122. She served in Retired Teachers Association and held membership with the MFD.
She is survived by her daughter, Georgia Richardson of Okolona; one grandson, Oliver W. Johnson III of Okolona; one nephew, Carl Fields of Okolona; and two great-grandchildren, Xavier Johnson and Zachary Johnson of Clinton, Md.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona with Pastor Linda Walker officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements, with Agnew and Sons Funeral Home and Belle Memorial Funeral Home directing.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona.
BOONEVILLE – Thermon V. Saylors, 71, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. The fifth of six children, he was born Sept. 2, 1941, in Booneville to Herman Leo Saylors and Georgia Ceola Henderson Saylors. He was a graduate of Wheeler High School. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Judith Ellen Smith in 1968 and was sealed to her in St. George, Utah, Temple. He worked at Western Electric in Chicago, Prentiss Manufacturing Co. and Reinbold Printing, both in Booneville; managed Goodyear store in Booneville; and sold motor vehicles at Cartwright Ford and Courtesy Chevrolet, both in Booneville, Brose Auto Sales in Corinth and Iuka Ford. He filled many church callings, including Scout master, High Priest Group Leader, Sunday school president and Bishop’s Counselor. He loved basketball and officiated at many games. He enjoyed other sports, fishing, hunting, camping, the outdoors, watching his grandchildren play and grow and working in his garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Wayne Smith conducting. Burial will be in Mormon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife; five sons, Keith Saylors Sr. (Greta) of Tupelo, Kenneth L. Saylors (Debbie), Bryan Saylors (Shanta), Corey Saylors and Jared Saylors (Diana), all of Booneville; a daughter, Kristy Saylors Baxter (Jake) of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Thelmer Saylors, M.C. Saylors (Bobbie) and Wythel Saylors (Rebekah), all of Booneville; a sister, Mildred Howell of Booneville; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, L.T. Saylors.
Pallbearers are Keith Saylors Sr., Jake Baxter, Kenneth L. Saylors, Bryan Saylors, Corey Saylors and Jared Saylors.
Honorary pallbearers are Justin Saylors, Brandon Saylors, Josh Saylors, Malek Justice, Conner Saylors, Camden Saylors, Bryson Saylors, Hayden Saylors, Jeremy Brown, Keith Saylors Jr., Grant Saylors, Kobe Saylors, Hayden Saylors and Braden Baxter.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Francis Stephenson, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Booneville. Burial will be in Mormon Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Booneville Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service Thursday.
NETTLETON – Everette Ray Foster, 48, died suddenly Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
UNITY – Gracie Pauline Ryan, 83, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a retired employee of Rockwell and a Baptist. She enjoyed watching and feeding hummingbirds.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Ray Guin and Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Shelia West (Junior) and Sherry Herring (Jackie), both of Guntown; her sons, Ronnie Ryan (Bonnie) of Fulton and Donny Ryan of Baldwyn; seven grandchildren, Craig Ryan, Heather Gassaway (Darrell), Eric Ryan, Mandy Ryan, Chad West (Beth), Penny Kendall (Gerald) and Angie Herring; seven great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, David Pannell.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Zelda Mills; her husband, James Ryan; sisters, Gladys Mills, Ruby Bennett, Ruthie Hood and Mildred Cooper; and brothers, Robby and Bobby Mills.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Cooper, Keith Mills, Wayne Hood, Doyle Hinds, Darrell Gassaway, Danny Waddle, Gary Williams and Jason Williams.
TUPELO – Kevin Brent Wilkins, 49, died at his residence. He was born Dec. 7, 1962, in Bay Springs to James Donald and Doris Cook Wilkins. He was a manager for Southern Motion in Pontotoc for seven years. He was an avid fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He had a love for antique cars and collecting coins. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. Private family services will be held at noon Thursday at Colonial Funeral Home in Bay Springs. Burial will be in Bay Springs Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of Tupelo arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Lauren Elizabeth Wilkins of Starkville, Kevin Brent Wilkins II of Tupelo and Matthew Clinton Wilkins of Starkville; his parents, James Donald Wilkins and Doris Cook Wilkins of Bay Springs; one brother, Donald Keith Wilkins of Madison; and one sister-in-law, Renee Wilkins of Madison.
Pallbearers will be Brent Wilkins, Matthew Wilkins, Todd Adcock, Marty Wilkins, Paul Wilkins, David Alexander, Bill Patton and Larry Todd.
Visitation will be after services Wednesday in Gathering Room at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Bulldog Club, P.O. Box BT, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SELMER, Tenn. – Cornelius Davis, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Rest M.B. Church in Guys, Tenn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
PONTOTOC – Nellie Sue Maharrey Gentry Prueter, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at her residence in Prescott, Ariz. She was born June 18, 1940, to Benjamin Franklin Maharrey and Maxine Tunnell Maharrey Gentry in Pontotoc. She married Billy A. Prueter on April 26, 1958. She was a nurse for many years.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Zion Presbyterian Church with Bro. Tom Hewitt officiating. Burial will follow in Emmanuel Cemetery in Pontotoc. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Maxine Tunnell Gentry of Tupelo; two daughters, Pamela Wells (Gary) of McMinnville, Ore., and Lisa Morgan (John) of Newark, Dela.; one son, Douglas Prueter of Prescott, Ariz.; one brother, Jim Gentry (Christine) of Mystic, Conn.; three grandchildren, Jason Wells, Robert Wells and Brittany Wells; one niece, Allison Gentry; one nephew, Matthew Gentry; one brother-in-law, David Prueter (Glenda); and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy A. Prueter; and father, B.F. Maharrey; and stepfather, James Ellis Gentry.
CORINTH – David Andrew Loyd, 11, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to servicetime Wednesday at the funeral home.
FALKNER – Billy Lee Cappleman, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 10, 1927, to Will M. Cappleman and Arkie May Hodges Cappleman. He was a member of Falkner Baptist Church and a factory worker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bruce Cappleman officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Graham Cappleman of Falkner; two stepsons, Larry Lancaster (Vicki) of New Albany and Randy Lancaster (Pam) of Ripley; five grandchildren, Cory Lancaster (Ashley) of Tupelo, Kelly Lancaster (Jennifer) of Arlington, Tenn., Kurt Lancaster (Ashley) of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Amanda Kyle (Jay) of Pontotoc and Shea Camp (Chris) of Dumas; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James Cappleman (Frances) of Ripley and Wayne Cappleman (Naomi) of Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Blanch Shelton; and five brothers, Dallas, Harold, Bonnie, Wade and Victor Cappleman.
To view obituaries onlineand sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – Shirley Ann Cathey, 55, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
CORINTH – Harris Neal Strickland, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident, along with his wife of 41 years, Wanda Gayle Strickland.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will follow in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Wanda Gayle Strickland, 62, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in an automobile accident, along with her husband of 41 years, Harris Neal Strickland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
WALNUT – Kyle Wayne “Blackie” Sexton, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at his residence. He was born Nov. 1, 1930, to Charlie Powell Sexton and Annie Delina Snodgrass Sexton. He was a Baptist and a plumber. He was a member of Plumbers Union.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Zilinsky and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Bobby Wayne Sexton (June) of Bruce; three grandchildren, Christina Hardin of Bruce, Cary Sexton of Deep Run, N.C., and Carli Bryant of Houston, Texas; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vera Marie Cooper of Saulsberry, Tenn., Charline Beach (David) of Milton, Fla., and Bobbie Stowell (John) of Tempe, Ariz.; and two brothers, Wayne Sexton (Hazel) of Henderson, Tenn., and Ricky Sexton (Linda) of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be Robert Sexton, Allen Sexton, Allen Sexton, Glen Sexton, Richard Watkins, Marc Mayes and Dale Sexton. Honorary pallbearers will be Cary Sexton, Dan Hardin and Joel Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries onlineand sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Billy Joe Loyd Jr.
CORINTH – Billy Joe Loyd Jr., 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
DENNIS – James Marcus “Jimmy” Lynch, 51, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. He was born May 5, 1961. Affectionately known as “Big Foot” to everyone who knew him, he worked as a mechanic serving Belmont and Dennis areas for the past 15 years. He was an avid deer hunter, gardener and NASCAR fan. In his opinion, there was nothing better than to hear a pack of beagles in hot pursuit of a monster whitetail.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ben Young officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Beverly Lynch of Dennis; a son, Chris Lynch (Adrain) of Belmont; three grandchildren, Gavin and Garrett, and Mariam Lynch; one brother, William Lynch (Melinda) of Dennis; one sister, Carol Kent (Larry) of Golden; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Duncan and Mary Lee Powers; stepchildren, Jeremy Conley, Russell Henson and Danielle Henson; stepgrandchildren, Marissa Henson and Lilly Eweing; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Martha Lynch, and his brother, Donnie Lynch.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Lynch, Ray Lynch, Adam Lynch, Randy Ruple, Danny Smith and Billy Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be David Lynch, Michael Rogers and Russell Henson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
RACINE, Wis. – Bobbie Ezell Smith Garth died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at her home in Racine, Wis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona, which is in charge of local arrangements.
HOUSTON – Brenda Jean Chamblee Stephens, 63, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
CORINTH – Helen Crotts died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
Freddy Glover Sr.
ASHLAND – Freddy O. Glover Sr., 55, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Glover home in Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
RAMER, Tenn. – Genelle Barnes Martindale King, 68, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at McNairy Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 4:30 pm. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Private burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Chewalla, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
CORINTH – Roy T. Boggs died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
TUPELO – Christa A. Neal, 50, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.