VARDAMAN – Mary S. Atkinson, 72, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Atkinson
VARDAMAN – Mary S. Atkinson, 72, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Anna Davis
MYRTLE – Anna L. Davis, 93, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Graceland Care Center of New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
Marijo Hunt
NEW ALBANY – Marijo Kirk Hunt, 74, died Friday, June 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Union County, to Buford and Clara Todd Kirk. She retired from Siemens in Aurora, Ill. She loved to cook and watching cooking shows. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Aurora, Ill., and was a member of the Eastern Star.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Dr. Kara Blackard officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Willie Hunt of New Albany; two daughters, Rhonda Copeland of Ecru and Kim Becker (Pete) of Aurora, Ill.; two sons, Charles Swords (Becky) of New Albany and David Swords (Angie) of Montgomery, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Kyle Swords, Shane Swords, P.J. Becker, Chance Becker, Angela Jenkins, Nicole Swords, Devin Swords, Jennifer Escobar, Stephanie Burk, Taylor Becker, Kira Swords, Klarissa Swords and Madison Swords; 16 great-grandchildren, Austin Sanders, Nikolas Russell, Tyler Pickens, Dylan Baker, Collin Copeland, Kandice Swan, Addison Pickens, Owen Grace Swords, Ella Swords, Ava Kate Swords, Emma Burk, Fenley Gooch Gracie Escabar, Hannah Escabar, Danail Escabar and Lilly Swords; and one great-great-granddaughter, Rylee Kate Raney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, David Swords; and a son-in-law, Stan Copeland.
Pallbearers were Shane Jenkins, Jimmy Burk, Kyle Swords, Austin Sanders, Nick Russell and P.J. Becker.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mary Wright
BIG CREEK – Mary Louise Hendrix Wright, 96, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Big Creek where she taught Sunday School for 50 years. She enjoyed the fellowship of the Sunshine Girls at her church in her latter years and loved her church, her family, her home, her beautiful yard and sharing flowers with friends. She was a master seamstress, an excellent cook and a loving mother, grand and great-grandmother.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church with Dr. John Hearn and the Rev. Keith Spratlin officiating. Internment is at Shiloh Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home in Charge of Arrangements.
She is survived by sons, James Harold (Linda) Wright and William Price (Linda Nell) Wright; son-in-law, Gary Dixon; sister, Polly Branstetter; grandchildren, Greg (Martha) Dixon, Ken (Rita) Wright, Mike (Vickie) Wright, Kim (Jeff) Stier, Amy (Robert) Cates and Neal Wright; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Joani, Jamie, Anna Beth, Matthew, Josh, Kyle, Trent and Wil.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl Burke and Jess Hendrix; husband, James Price “Jim” Wright; her precious daughter, Patricia Ann Wright Dixon; sisters, Loyce Smith and Jessie Ruth Hendrix.
Pallbearers are Neal Wright, Mathew Cates, Kyle Dixon, Trent Dixon, Jamie Wright, Jeff Stier, Robert Cates and Greg Dixon. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Wright, Ken Wright, Oliver Poe, Roy Lawson Smith, Sydney Parker and Fuzzy Clark.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist church.
Online Condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Letra Smith
CORINTH – Letra Smith, 95, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Martha Bishop
ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. – Martha Ruth Bishop, 78, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Adamsville Healthcare. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Lynn Stout
PLANTERSVILLE – Lynn Hessel Stout, 48, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 28, 1963, in Moline, Ill., to Leslie Stout Sr. and Karen Anderson Stout. He and his wife made their home in Plantersville 27 years ago where he has been self-employed working as a general contractor. He was a faithful and devoted husband, and a loving uncle to seven nieces and four nephews. He was a great outdoorsman, enjoying gardening, flowers, fishing and hunting and his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Brent David officiating.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa of Plantersville; father, Leslie Stout Sr. and second mother, Edwina Stout of Silvis, Ill.; brother, Leslie Stout Jr. (Ronny) of East Moline, Ill. and Leonard Stout (Teresa) of Saltillo; two sisters, Marguerite Bolden (Shelby) of Plantersville and Loretta Strauder of Minneapolis, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vernis Anderson, Ruth Hoeck and Hessel and Norma Stout; mother, Karen Anderson Stout; and niece, Latisha Cantu.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Bob Thomas
FULTON – Bobby Lewis “Bob” Thomas, 70, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 30, 1942, in Itawamba County to Lunceford and Mizie Cromeans Thomas. He was a truck driver and construction worker during his working years and was a Baptist in belief. He enjoyed fishing, camping, being around his family and loved his dog, Jai Jai.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; one son, Brad Thomas (Brenda) of Plantersville; one brother, Bill Thomas (Dorothy) of Marietta; one sister, Sue Johnson (R.C.) of Fulton; and one grandson, James Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Alma Johnson; and five brothers, Hollis Thomas, Buck Thomas, Guy Thomas, Jim Thomas and John Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Donny Painter, Danny Barton, Leon Hayes, Joey Thomas, Richard Johnson, Danny Johnson, Wade Thomas, Terry Bruff and Freddy Johnson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Frankie Kirkpatrick
SALTILLO – Frankie Ruth Kirkpatrick, 91, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 25, 1920, to Robert Alexander and Dollie Lee Wade Kirkpatrick. Early in her life, she was hired by Ward Xerxes Wilson with the Lee County Welfare Office where she worked for five years. She then spent nine years with the Peoples Bank and Trust Company. She moved to Memphis and begin a long career with Schumaker Mortgage Company retiring after 33 years of service. Upon retirement she moved back home to the Saltillo area where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was an avid cook and received great joy in life by cooking for others. Family was very important to her and she doted over them and those she considered her extended family. She was a faithful member of Saltillo Presbyterian Church.
Graveside Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Saltillo Cemetery with Dr. Charles E. Holland officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Emogene Kirkpatrick of Saltillo, and Earlene Sullivan of Houston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Kirkpatrick; and a half brother; Claude Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Long, Jeff Reeder, the Rev. Jay Stanley, Stephen Bailey, Herman Erwin, Charles Barber, Al Rice, Clyde Neaves, Jim Repult and Charles Caldwell.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the W. E. Pegues, Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to Saltillo Presbyterian Church, 187 Second Avenue, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Howard Hopkins
BALDWYN – Howard Hopkins, 94, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was the oldest member of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwyn. He was an U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, in the 31st Division and served from 1941-1945. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner. He began his career at Kroger in Baldwyn in 1938, and in 1960, he founded Hopkins Big Star. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching his grandsons play sports.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Ken Corley officiating with his grandson, Guy Gardner delivering the Eulogy with burial in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughters, Carolyn Mullins (Gene) of Booneville and Peggy Gardner of Baldwyn; brother, Billy Hopkins (Betty) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Grant Gardner (Laura Jo), Ginger Murphy (Matt) and Guy Gardner (Amelia); great-grandchildren, Grady Gardner, Graham Gardner, Millie Gardner, Bryar Murphy, Ensley Murphy and Claire Gardner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ensley and Minnie Hopkins; wife, Milderd Hopkins; sisters, Ann Reading and Zea Seay, and great-grandchild, Gus Gardner.
Pallbearers are Dr. H.T. Palmer, Rhondie Burns, Larry Roberts, Bill Hogue, Rustin Gaines, James Downs, Randy Johnson and Trent Hill.
Willie Gardener
TUPELO – Willie Fred Gardener died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Director of Tupelo.
Richard Adams
AMORY – Richard F. Adams, 84, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation. He was born June 26, 1927, in Clay City, Ky., to Richard and Ida May Clemons Adams. He was a graduate of Clay City High School. He married Opal Mae Callahan. He retired from International Paper as a lab technician. He was a High Priest and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Tupelo. With his life being guided by his church and his family, he cherished spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, enjoyed Westerns, and listened to country music.
He is survived by his daughter, April Adams of Cincinnati, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jane Prewitt (Richard) of Smithville; son, Larry Adams (Karen) of Hamilton, Ohio; sisters, Edna and Bertha Adams of Kentucky; grandchildren, Doug Adams (Stephanie) of Smithville, Glenn Adams (Misty) of Amory, Richard Prewitt (Tonia) of Houston, Phillip Prewitt (Shannon) of Smithville, Eric Prewitt (Kathryn) of Tupelo, Jennifer Adams and Andy and Matt Bingle; great-grandchildren, Steve Adams, Elaina Adams, Riley Adams, Brady and Andrew Prewitt, Aiden Prewitt and Carson, Tyler, and Kristen Bingle; great-great-grandchildren, Ethan, Cameron and Jocelyn Razer; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Adams; and son, Steven Adams.
A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bishop M. Westcott, Gene Voyles and Ira Kennedy officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Ind.
Visitation is 5 to 6:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1085 Thomas St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Douglas Martin
BOONEVILLE – Douglas Martin, 11, died Friday, June 8, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home in Booneville.
Ottis Graham
PONTOTOC – Ottis Graham, 91, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.