By NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Larry Wayne McMillen, 69, of New Albany died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital after a brief illness.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the United Funeral Home in New Albany followed by funeral services conducted by the Rev. Rick Blythe and the Rev. W.L. Oaks. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery.
Larry is survived by Bettye McMillen, his wife of 41 years; his mother, Corinna McMillen; daughter, Ashleigh McMillen of Tupelo; and son, Brian Cruz (Spaina) of North Scituate, R.I.; brother, David McMillen of New Albany; sister, Kathy Allred (Mark); and sister, Jane McMillen, of Orlando, Fla.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Thurman McMillen of New Albany.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Dacia, Logan and Aydin Cruz; five nieces, Dr. Sarah Fayad (Rumzie) and Sofia, Laurie McMillen, Darah Knighton (Josh), Anna Allred, Eliza Allred; and one nephew, Will McMillen.
Larry will also be deeply missed by Fur Kids, Jude, Wyle and Toby.
Larry was a graduate of New Albany High School and the University of Mississippi. He also attended the U.S. Naval Academy and Northeast Mississippi Community College and served in the Naval Reserve.
Larry was an outstanding sports journalist who began his career with the Clarksdale Press Register before joining the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1968 where he remained until his retirement in 1993.
With the Times-Picayune, Larry covered the New Orleans Saints, LSU and Tulane alone with many other major events. He received multiple awards from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the New Orleans Press Association.
Upon his return to his hometown, Larry became actively involved in Henry Potter Lowry American Legion Post 72, helping raise its membership from 12 to more than 200 and serving as post commander. Larry also supervised an oral history project involving the members, created a Wall of Honor for past commanders and was director of the State American Legion baseball tournament.
He did not completely abandon his sports journalism career either, appearing for several years on Comcast Sports in Tupelo.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Albany.
More than anything else, Larry was a loving husband, son, father and friend who cared deeply about his community and was proud to have served it.
In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Navy flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
OLIVE BRANCH – Kathy McCombs Graham, 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Kirby Pines Nursing Home, where she had lived for the past nine years. She grew up in Booneville, but spent most of her life in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed visits from her pastor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Brantley Funeral Home Chapel in Olive Branch. Burial will be in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
She is survived by her brother, Horace McCombs of Booneville; her sisters, Virginia Young of Memphis and Mildred Winsett of Iuka; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Richard H. Graham; and two brothers, George McCombs and Leo McCombs.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
SALTILLO – Thomas Caldwell, 73, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Saltillo Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Joyce M. Smith, 90, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
MEMPHIS – Raymond Joe Chase, 72, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. He worked for over 50 years in the family business, Holland Tire Company and Magnolia Tire, where he mentored Patrick, Larry and Barry Holland.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Phifer; his brother, James Chase; three daughters, Cathy Durant, Charlotte Brown and Annette Chase; his daughter-in-law and best friend, Anna Chase; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Ruby Chase; his son, Jody Lynn Chase; and a grandson, Christopher Ray White.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forked Oak Baptist Church in Burton. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time. Family Funeral Care of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Lola B. McGee
PEARL – Lola Belle Turner McGee, 90, passed away Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Jackson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Ann Hayse, Dorothy Joan Lemmons and Brenda Joyce Balas; stepdaughter, Linda Grant; stepsons, James Gary McGee and Bobby McGee; sisters, Daisy Turner, Lois Purvis and Vera Wilshire; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd Benford Campbell and James Hugh McGee; her parents, Charles and Margaret Ates Turner; a son, Billy Gene Campbell; a grandson, Mark Campbell; and five brothers.
Access the online guestbook at www.baldwinleejackson.com.
Barbara E. Sheffield
TUPELO – Barbara E. Sheffield, 88, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Mitchell Center. A native of Germany, she had lived in Lee Acres since 1967. She met her husband, Thomas Sheffield, during his military service. She worked as a nurse’s aide.
There will be no public service. She will be entombed beside her husband in Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son.
For online condolences visit www.leememorialonline.com.
THRASHER – LaFoy “Sam” Parks, 92, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born Nov. 12, 1919, to Jeff and Dora Green Prentiss. She was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church and retired from Sam’s Dairy Bar where she worked for many years. She was famous for her hamburger steaks and milk shakes.
Services were Sunday, Sept. 9, at Thrasher Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Rakestraw and Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial was in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. McMillian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Parker of Baldwyn; one son, Carroll (Betty) Parks of Thrasher; one sister, Ruby Davis of Booneville; eight grandchildren, Shane Parks, Dana Christian, Jenny Woodard, John Allen Parker, Angelia Livingston, Brad Parker, Slade Parks and Noki Yates; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary Parks; one great-grandson, Rickey Parks; five sisters; six brothers; and one son-in-law, Ray Parker.
Grandsons will be pallbearers and the active and inactive deacons of Thrasher Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
VERONA – Monroe Cole, 64, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. He was born June 17, 1948, to Murphy and Susannah Cole. He worked at Howard Brothers and Sunshine Mills in Tupelo.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Second Baptist M.B. Church in Verona with with the Rev. Larry M. Stone officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five sisters, Mary Brinker and Augusta Berry, both of Tupelo, Martha (O’Neal) Rogers of Plantersville, Lanette (Lawrence) Westbrook and Tracie (Lalter) Simpson, both of Verona; five brothers,Thomas (Alice) Words of Shannon, Roy Lee (JoAnn) Cole and Roger Cole Sr. (Patricia), both of Verona, Jimmy Cole Sr. of Tupelo and Stanley (Billie Faye) Cole of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Thomas E. Free
SALTILLO – Thomas E. Free, 64, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
IUKA – Judy Walker, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2912, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the New Beginnings Fellowship Church Building Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Hershell Presley Sr.
NETTLETON – Hershell Wayne Presley Sr., 81, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Houston to William Buck Presley and Birdie Curry Presley. He attended school in Plantersville and later Shannon High School. He was a patriotic man, serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting and fishing, sharing stories, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Pops.” He loved going to New Vision Worship Center in Nettleton, where he was a member.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jessie Strider and Bro. John Fowler officiating. Private burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Survivors include his sons, Wayne Presley (Patricia), Wade Presley (Pam) and Ronnie Presley (Amber), all of Nettleton; his daughters, Cindy Cooper (Henry) of Savannah, Ga., Wendell Jones (Brad Underwood) and Shelia Loden (Bill), both of Mantachie, and Lisa Nichols (James) of Nettleton; sisters-in-law, Sarah Fowler and Ruth Thorn, both of Nettleton; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Chris Smith of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olene Fowler Presley; a son, Robby; a granddaughter, Crystal Presley; brothers, Merle, Charles, Soggy, Buck Jr., Ernie, Robert, and James Woodrow; and a baby sister.
Pallbearers will be Donny Thorn, Judd Culver, Chris Smith, James Joyner and Gerrett Wowdridge.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHANNON – Lois Ann Ford Johnson, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 20, 1946, to William Ford and Gertrude Roberts Ford. She was a 1964 graduate of Fannie Carter High School. She was a member of the Snowtown United Methodist Church. She was a retired dietician from the North Mississippi Medical Center after 30 years of employment. She loved her family and traveling.
Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Snowtown United Methodist Church with Pastor Henry Jeans officiating. Interment is in the Ford Family Cemetery. Williams Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Johnson Jr. of Shannon; her daughters, Michelle Cummings (Donnell) of Shannon and Lisa Springer (Micheal) of Nettleton; her sons, Keith Johnson (Jacqueline), Stacy Johnson (Kimberly) and Titus Johnson, all of Shannon; sisters, Annie Louise Millard of California, Margaret Jordon (George) of Kansas City, Mo., and Willie Bell Reddick of Okolona; and brothers, Wardell Ford (Aglean) of Okolona, Henry Ford (Renita) of Tupelo, Melvin Ford (Carolyn) of Okolona, Leondus Ford of Okolona and Authur Ford of Shannon.
RED BANKS – Chasity Renae Hayes, infant daughter of Brian Hayes and Amanda Hayes, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at The Med in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today.
AMORY – William N. “Bill” McKinney, 88, died on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. Born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Amory, he was the son of the late Graydon and Nancy Francis McKinney. He married Judy Ritter McKinney in 1968. He graduated from Amory High School, and received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University, receiving highest honors. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a first lieutenant ordnance officer. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Amory and served as a Sunday School Superintendent, Clerk of the Session and Elder Emeritus. He was a past president of Amory Rotary Club, past president of Amory Chamber of Commerce and past secretary of Mississippi Society of CPA. He worked several years as an accountant for Glenn Enterprises. He was also a founding partner, along with Kenneth Nail, of the accounting firm Nail McKinney, PA. Very passionate about his work, he was known as a great businessman. He enjoyed classical music, reading and studying history, and spending time with his family at their cabin at Nettleton Club Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Judy McKinney; sons, Dan McKinney of Amory, Bob McKinney of Cordova Tenn., John McKinney of Amory and David McCollum of Kingsport, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Butler.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Tom Cheatham officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Clements, Danny Jones, Larry Marett, Billy Rainey and Larry Gaudelock. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Millender and Soap Francis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 209 S. 4th St., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Emma Graice Senter
BOONEVILLE – Emma Graice Senter, 7 months, daughter of Jimmy Wayne and Cassie Senter, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.