By Judy McGhee
SMITHVILLE – Cedella Cleveland Lindsey, 87, died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation, Fulton, where she had been a resident for 5 years. Born on Nov. 10, 1924, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Birdie Rouse Cleveland.
Mrs. Lindsey attended Ryan’s Well Elementary School and Itawamba Agricultural High School. On June 13, 1942, she married Cecil Lindsey. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman whose “children rise up to call her blessed,” and “trained up her children in the way that they should go.” A strong Christian woman, Mrs. Lindsey was an active member of Smithville Baptist Church, where she had many dear friends in her Sunday school class, WMU, and Senior Citizens group. After 38 years of service, she retired as a supervisor from Monroe Trouser. Prior to moving to Dogwood, Mrs. Lindsey was a long-time resident of Smithville. Upon learning that her home was destroyed in the April 27, 2011, Smithville tornado, her faith came to the forefront when she said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Mrs. Lindsey never hesitated to share her faith with others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and they lovingly called her “Ma.” She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Lindsey enjoyed piecing quilt tops and making quilts for her family members. In most recent years, she enjoyed playing bingo with her good friends at Dogwood, working jigsaw puzzles and watching Gospel Chanel 39 on television.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden, Smithville.
She is survived by her son, Lynn Lindsey (Vickie), Brewer; daughters, Leatrice Thorn (Wayne), Peaceful Valley, and Jeanette Touchton, Clinton; grandchildren, Emily McKnight (John), Steve Prestridge, Jamie Lindsey (Susanne), Jad Touchton, and Eric Thorn (Kim); great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Kamri, Lindsey, and Josh McKnight; and Shelby and Jacob Lindsey; sister, Geneva Thomas, Golden; brother, Harold Cleveland, Golden; and numerous nieces and nephews who held a very special place in her heart along with numerous special friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Lindsey, in 1987; sisters, Biddie Griffin, Forrest Miller, Vader Newborn, and Dera Tallant; and brothers, Nathan, Gailure, and Haron Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Steve Prestridge, Jamie Lindsey, Jad Touchton, Eric Thorn, and John McKnight; and nephew, Bobby Cleveland.
Visitation will continue until 10:45 a.m. on Monday.
Memorials may be given to Diabetes Foundation of MS, 800 Avery Blvd., Ste. 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157, Smithville Baptist Church, PO Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870, or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Louise F. Lovell, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother. She was a hard worker and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at her home at 502 Westwood Dr. in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four daughters, Linda Lovell of Pontotoc, Lois Grose of Randolph, Janice Robbins of Pontotoc and Judy Donegan of Pigram, Tenn.; one son, Allen Lovell of Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; three brothers; and one sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Lovell; her mother and father; and two brothers.
ABERDEEN Robert “Bob” Irvin Taylor, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – David Benjamin Coltharp, 84, died Sunday, Sept 16, 2012, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. He was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Union County, to Newt Coltharp and Dorothy Crain Coltharp. He was a retired supervisor for Futorian Corporation in New Albany. He was a member of the Victory Life Center.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Victory Life Center with the Rev. Raymond Bishop and the Rev. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two foster sons, Wayne Wright and Charles Wright (Carolyn), both of Myrtle; a sister, Peggy Matkins of Aurora, Ill., and three brothers, Leroy Coltharp and Lenox Coltharp, both of Myrtle and the Rev. Billy Crain Coltharp of Aurora, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mildred Wright Coltharp.
Pallbearers will be Herbert Fuller, Jerry Bailey, Ricky Bolen, Ronnie Rakestraw, Jonathan Wright and Eddie Coltharp. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Cooper, Larry Kain, Mike Graham, Gene Camper, Benji Bishop and Jarvis Humphries.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m, today at Victory Life Center in New Albany.
For online condolences visit united funeralservice.com.
PONTOTOC – Johnny Merritt died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Pontotoc County.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buchanan Baptist Church with Internment in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, both at the church.
OXFORD – Kim Denise Hill, 46, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Service is at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation is 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Bro. R.J. Wilemon, 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, Sept 15, 2012, at the Griffis Green House at Traceway Retirement Community after a lengthy illness. An Itawamba native, he was born April 25, 1929, to R.E. and Ophie Hood Wilemon. He was the founder of R. J. Wilemon Construction Company which began in 1957 and is now operated by his son. He developed numerous Tupelo area subdivisions including Wilemon Acres, Wildwood, Colonial Hills, Colonial Estates, Southern Heights, Country Oaks Estates and was responsible for the construction of hundreds of residential and commercial properties.
He surrendered to the ministry around 1960 and served several area Baptist churches prior to becoming a full time evanglelist. He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Doug Jones officiating. His son, Pastor Dan Wilemon and Bro. Lewis Bridges, will assist. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Dan Wilemon (Debra) of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Opal Wilemon of Aberdeen; two granddaughters, Shonda Houser (Keith) of Pontotoc and Shea Wilemon of Tupelo; his step-grandson, Brent Robbins of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Jason, Emma Kate and Gavin Houser; and a host of neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Ruth Cannon Wilemon, who preceded him in death March 29, 2012; three brothers, G. L., Fray and Ralph Wilemon; two sisters, Elsie Dulaney and Varie Gross; and a great-grandson, Billy Keith Martin Jr.
Pallbearers will be Keith Houser, Criss Armstrong, Clay Armstrong, Cory Armstrong, Dale Wilemon and Ernie Wilemon. Special honorary pallbearers will be Jason, Emma Kate and Gavin Houser. Honorary pallbearers will be his pastor and evangelist friends and their wives.
Visitation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Wildwood Baptist Church, 2280 West Jackson Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Verlon Padgett, 100, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at home in Oakland, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
RED BAY, Ala. – Pauline Sartain Jackson, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was born May 4, 1922 to A.G. and Vira Sartain. She was a lifelong member of Red Bay Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Phillip Hathcock, Herbert Trulove and Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala.
Survivors are three daughters, Paula Moxley (Eddie) of Belmont, Martha Bullen (Randy) of Hammond, La., and Margaret Brown (Wesley) of Fayette, Ala.; six grandchildren, Alan Russell (Liz), Chris Russell, Carol Davis (Walt), Thomas Bullen (Kelly), Valarie Graziano (Philip) and Carla Crawford (Joel); 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Eva Shook and Esta Lee Page (Neal); three sisters-in-law, Peggy Rice, Ann Jackson and Jean Hubbard; one brother-in-law, Luther Jackson (Doris); and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Clyde E. Jackson; her parents; two brothers, Kenneth Sartain and Clayton Sartain; and one sister-Alean Sartain.
Pallbearers will be Alan Russell, Chris Russell, Walt Davis, Philip Graziano, Thomas Bullen, Joel Crawford, David Cupples, William Russell and Collin Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Moxley, Randy Bullen, Wesley Brown and her nephews.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
CALEDONIA – Roy Thomas Reynolds, 81, of Caledonia, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Aurora Australis Lodge in Columbus. He was born Jan. 14, 1931, to Eugene and Annie Lee Edwards Reynolds in Lexington. He was a veteran of the United States Army. In 1958, he married Billie “Kitty” Pierce Reynolds and then they moved to Caledonia 40 years ago. In 2001, he retired from Childs Construction where he was a carpenter for 30 years. He was a member of Cal-Kolola Baptist Church, Caledonia.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cal-Kolola Baptist Church in Caledona, with Bro. Don Harding officiating. Internment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery, Aberdeen. Lowndes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Billie “Kitty” Reynolds of Columbus; daughters, Judy (Russell) Childs of Caledonia, Beth (Rusty) Chisolm of Caledonia, Betty May of Caledonia and Sandy (Mike) Spiker of Lakeland, Fla.; sons, Ricky (Marsha) Reynolds of Hamilton and Rusty (Judy) Reynolds of Tupelo; brother, Sam Reynolds of Lexington; sister, Norma Gifford of Memphis, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Kelly Reynolds, Hunter Reynolds, Matthew Chisolm, Todd Chisolm, Taylor Chisolm and Brock Reynolds.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cal-Kolola Baptist Church in Caledona.
OKOLONA – Leona Norwood, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1916, in Carroll County, to Louis Sanders and Sara Dunn Sanders. She was a homemaker and a member of Okolona Baptist Church.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jim Ray officiating. Internment is at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Okolona.
She is survived by her seven children, Willie Ann Abernathy of Okolona, Minnie Lou (Floyd) Sanders of Courtland, John (Edith) Norwood of Okolona, Donnie (Joan) Norwood of Belen, Albert (Yoshiko) Norwood of Florida, Gertie Mae (Doug) McNeilly of Okolona and Marilyn (Billy) Davis of Amory; 29 grandchilren; a host of great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband W.C. Norwood; her sons, James L. Norwood, W.C. Norwood Jr. and Michael Norwood; and her son-in-law Tommy Abernathy.
Pallbearers are Matt Red, Semar Vaughn, Jason McNeilly, Bubba Abernathy, Lee Norwood, Adam Norwood and Sonny Sanders. Honorary pallbearers are Clint and Cliff Norwood and Bill and Bob Gregory.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
OXFORD – Jonathan Alexander “John” Mills, 18, a student at Lafayette High School, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Oxford. Born in Kungur, Russia, he was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cattle farming and power lifting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Anchor Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow on the Mills Family Farm in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Lynn Mills of Oxford; his father, Scott Mills of Oxford; one brother, Zack Mills (Meghan) of Oxford; grandparents, Regina Dedeaux of Brandon, Pam Dedeaux of Canton, Ga., Wayne and Keron Mills of Oxford and Nancy Vaughn of Oxford; and his great-grandparents, Wilbur and Fran Myrick of Forrest.
Visitation is 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
IUKA – Mary Jo Gross, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
PONTOTOC – Billy Short died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
HODGES, Ala. – Bonnie Beard, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at Generations of Red Bay. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala.