ECRU - Carl McLaughlin, 86, died May 30, 2011 at his home in Cairo after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on February 19, 1925 in Pontotoc County to Issac B. McLaughlin and Clara Mae Goggins McLaughlin. Carl asked Jesus to save him in the hospital on Friday, May 20, 2011 with Rev. Andy Russell and his daughter-in-law, Barb McLaughlin, at his side. He prayed a beautiful prayer and gave his life to Jesus and was saved that afternoon. Carl was a retired sewing machine salesman and repairman. He travelled extensively in that job in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas for over 30 years for Union Special Machine Co. During those years, he and his family lived in St. Louis, MO from the late 1950’s until 1985, when he and his wife retired and moved back home to Mississippi. In earlier years, he worked as a mechanic for Hunter Sadler in Tupelo and BlueBell in Booneville. After retiring, he then worked part time for some factories, repairing sewing machines and he was an avid gardener, raising enough tomatoes to feed the entire community. He loved flowers and especially took great pride in raising roses.
Carl loved hunting and fishing. He could be found out in a boat, running trot lines, fishing for crappie or out in the woods squirrel or rabbit hunting with friends until his health began to fail several years ago.
Carl was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served aboard two different ships and was part of a convoy that made three different trips into battle in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in California in January1946. He married Faye Warren one day after getting home to Pontotoc County on January 5, 1946. They were married for 64 1/2 years until Faye’s death in July 2010.
At the young age of 13 his dad was injured and he had to take on the duties of keeping the farm going. He plowed and planted crops for a couple of years using mules and old-fashioned plows. As the oldest of 5 children, he took over as man of the house until his dad returned to farming. He could out pick most people when picking cotton, at times picking up to 300 lbs. per day.
Carl was a Master Mason at the Walter W. Kimmel Lodge #32 at Aberdeen, MS. He remained a member for over 61 years. He was a member of the American Legion for over 63 years at Pontotoc, MS Post #0016.
Visitation will be at United Funeral Service from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 and from 9 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011 till service. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany, MS with Rev. Andy Russell and Rev. Marvin “Tootie” Ward officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery with United Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Carl is survived by two sisters, Faye Clements of Hernando, MS and Ruth Hale of Pontotoc, MS; one son, Michael McLaughlin (Barb) of the home with Carl; one daughter, Pamela Lane Brooks (Kevin) of Lake Sherwood, MO; four grandchildren: Carl Michael McLaughlin (Janice), Angela Faith Forester (Chip), Amy Lane Huitt (James) and Kevin Glenn Brooks, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren: Michael David Forester, Michaela Faith Forester, Jerri Amia Viola Forester, Raegan Lane Huitt, Leah Michelle Huitt, Richard Grenier, Michael Grenier and Matthew Grenier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Issac and Clara McLaughlin; his wife, Faye Warren McLaughlin; an infant son, Stephen Randy; two brothers, Travis and Quay McLaughlin and an infant great-grandson, Mitchell Wade Forester.
Pallbearers will be Carl McLaughlin, Chip Forester, Michael Forester, Kevin Brooks, Jr. and James Huitt.
A special “Thank You” to Gentiva Hospice nurses, Dr. Thomas Barkley and nurse Vicki; Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Christopher Parks and Dr. Osterhan for their loving care during Carl’s battle with cancer and extended health issues.
In honor of Mr. McLaughlin’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Navy flag during his visitation and service.
James Wayne Hawkins
WALNUT -James Wayne Hawkins, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at his residence in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
BLUE SPRINGS - Katelyn Marie Courtney, 2, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born April 21, 2009, in New Albany to Tommy and Jennifer Tate Courtney of Blue Springs. She touched the heart of everyone that met her. She had the brightest smile and devoted parents. She never gave up and showed us all how to have faith in her and God. She loved to shop and ride in her wagon. She loved to attend church and was a bright light for the church family. She loved to visit family and friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Blue Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Tommy and Jennifer Renee Tate Courtney of Blue Springs; her grandparents, Kent and Kim Hodges, Tommy and Renee' Courtney, and Charles and Debra Tate; her great grandparents, Walton and Edith Tate, Betty Mock, Naydean Smith, Robert and Patsi Schuler, Jimmy Palmer, and Manuel Hodges; aunts and uncles: Tiffany Bond, James Courtney, Jamie (Michelle) Tate, Jeremy Tate, Loren (Brandon) Lang, Joel (Jenny) Hodges, Jodie (Jerry) Crump and Angela (Russell) Goodman; a host of great aunts and uncles and 16 cousins that loved her very much and a wonderful church family and friends that supported her in her daily life.
She was preceded in death by an uncle, Charles Adams; her great-grandparents, David and Sarah Lillie Courtney, Joyce Schuler, Fred Mock and Janie Hodges. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Blue Springs Baptist Church.
TUPELO - Kenney Marie McAllister, 49, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at her home. She was born in Swenden, England, on Feb. 11, 1962, to Robert Arlen and Barbara Bernadette Gallagher McAllister. She moved to Tupelo in 2006 from Columbus. She was a long-time employee of Trans-Power. She was an active member of Hope Church and participated every week with Sunday School. An animal lover, she lived and breathed for her dogs.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Hope Church with the Rev. David Ball officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Janet Williams and her son, Cody, of Grapevine, Texas; two brothers, Robert McAllister and his children, Bobby, Courtney and Katie and Denis McAllister and his children, Karine and Rory, all of Austin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will follow the services until 1 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE - Brenda Gail Poss Floyd, 55, died Friday, May 27, 2011, in Savannah, Tenn. She was born June 17, 1955, in Amory. She was a Certified Nurse's Assistant, and she was a Baptist. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bishop Wayne Smith officiating. Ellen Hall will deliver the eulogy.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Floyd, whom she married on Nov. 27, 1993; three children, Clyde Lee Hall (Jackie), of Savannah, Tenn., Jonathan Boggan Hall (Holly Nicole) of Walls, Miss., and Amanda Gail Hall of Memphis; two stepchildren, Rocky Lee Floyd and Anthony Gene Floyd, both of Booneville; four siblings, Nellie Faye Vernon of Amory, Mary Alice Kunda of Charlotte, N.C., Jimmy Huey Thompson, and Dorothy Jane Harlow, both of Amory; six grandchildren, Samra Anna Michelle Fraize, Hannah Abigail Fraize, Cameron Lee Hall, Cassidy Nicole Hall, Jackson Lee Hall, and Mackenzie Cheyenne Floyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Clifton Poss and Mary Elizabeth Adams Poss; and a twin brother, Willie Dale Poss.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time today.
Byron Colby Regan, Jr.
COLUMBUS - Byron Colby Regan, Jr., died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, MS. He was born May 30, 2011, to Byron Colby Regan, Sr. and Amanda Catherine Blanton Regan of Columbus.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton with Bro. Mark Thornton officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the service.
Survivors include his parents, Byron Colby Regan, Sr. and Amanda Catherine Blanton Regan of Columbus, Miss.; a brother, Reggie Benjamin Regan; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Amanda Blanton of Hamilton; paternal grandmother, Patti Goodwin Regan of Gulfport; great grandparents, Charles and Ruth Davis of Aberdeen and Trellis and Monica Blanton of Hamilton; a great great grandmother, Geneva Pearson of Aberdeen; three uncles, Kris Regan and Bethany and Louie Dalton "Trey" Regan, III all of Gulfport and Stuart and Selena Blanton of Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Louie Dalton Regan, Jr.; great grandparents, Hazel Lenora Goodwin and William Finley Goodwin, Sr.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time, Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
A guest registery and condolences may be signed on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
POTTS CAMP - Irene Gandy, 83, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Baptist Trinity Hospice in Collierville, Tenn. She was born March 16, 1928 in Harmontown to Bennie Braeden Bourland and Nellie Ray Harmon. She was a member of Temperance Hill Baptist Church and worked at Wurlitzer Piano.
Services will be at 11 a.m., today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Ken Cooper and Bro. David Gandy officiating. Burial will be at Chewalla Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, David (Ann) Gandy and W.R. Gandy (Beverly), all of Potts Camp; a daughter, Teresa Dunabant (Bill) of Byhalia; a brother, Lee Bourland of Memphis; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
HAMILTON - Douglas Howell Thompson, age 53, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born June 10, 1957, to Trenon Thompson and Louise Faulkner in Illinois. He lived most of his life in Hamilton where he was a self employed painter. He graduated from Amory High School and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p. m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Church Cemetery in Becker.
Survivors include two daughters, Misty Khima and husband, Lamine, of Amory, Tashina Thompson and husband, Matthew Householder, of Hamilton; one sister, Jan Dunlap and husband, Ken, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; three grandchildren, Zach Khima, Mallory Khima, and Caiden Thompson; a niece, Amber Wells and a nephew, John Michael Wells.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
The family request memorials to be made to the funeral home.
A guest registery and condolences may be signed on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Carl Honeycutt, Jr.
WHEELER - Carl W. Honeycutt, Jr., 67, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born November 25, 1943, to Carl W. Honeycutt, Sr. and Mamie Lou Jackson Honeycutt. He was a member of BASS Masters Association and a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Harper Honeycutt; four daughters, Carol Ealaine Harris and her husband, David, of Amory, Jacqueline Michelle Bracken of Mooreville, Amy Renee Aven and her husband, Mark, of Mooreville and Richelle Honeycutt Anderson and her husband, Tom, of Saltillo; two sons, Tim Carpenter and his wife, Renee, and Bart Carpenter and his wife, Linda, all of Houston, Texas; his mother; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Marvin Lee Costin
BIG CREEK - Marvin Lee Costin, 64, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 7, 1946, in Bruce. He was a retired special education teacher in the Calhoun County school system for 25 years. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Mississippi and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a Basic Airman, member of Big Creek Baptist Church, a Mason and Shiner in the Calhoun City Lodge.
Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Conner Costin, of Big Creek, his daughter, Catina Hughes Sparks of Horn Lake; two sons, Anthony Costin (Marna) of Goldsboro, N.C. and Jason Costin (Kelly) of Big Creek; his mother and step-father, Allie Collins Gulledge and Arnold Gulledge of Bruce; six grandchildren, Sydnee Hughes, Katelyn Hughes, Kade Costin, LeAnna Costin, Dillon Brooks, and Morgan Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Earnest Costin, and a sister, Barbara Nix.
Pallbearers will be Brian Allen, Joe Ballard, Shane Conner, Mark Doss, Scott Hodges, and Shane Nix. Honorary pallbearers are Benny Collins, Jim Conner, Tom Conner, Mike Nix, and Scott Vance.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
EAST MOLINE, Ill. - Regina Finch, 91, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis, Ill. She was formerly of Iuka.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneral home.com.
MARIETTA - Annis Beatrice Isbell Holley, 92, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Elizabeth "Goldie" Burgess
TUPELO - Elizabeth "Goldie" Burgess, 85, died Tuesday, May 31, 2001, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born April 6, 1926, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jess and Maude Golden, but lived in Houston many years. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking and loved her animals. She attended South Jackson Street Church of Christ while in Houston, and then Mayfield Church of Christ after moving to Tupelo. She was a retired waitress and worked at Moore's Restaurant in Houston for many years.
Services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Luskey Green officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Houlka with Southern Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacqui Letellier, of Tupelo; her nephew, George Thomas, and wife, Gena, of Pontotoc; one granddaughter, Sherry Larson, of Florida; her stepchildren, Rickey Burgess and Ronnie, Larry "Bubba" Burgess and Judy, John Burgess and Ruthie, Mickey Burgess, Zadie Bailey and George, and Bonnie Brown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Burgess; one son, William Thomas; her sister, Olean Golden, and her brother, Paul Golden.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Animal Shelter, 2400 Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
TIPLERSVILLE - Wallace Edgar Taylor, 91, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born Feb. 16, 1920, to John Byrd Taylor and Eva Lou Holley Taylor. He attended Pine Grove School, leaving during his senior year to serve in the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. During the war, Wallace not only helped to construct hospitals, but worked alongside doctors and surgeons to assist injured soldiers, both allies and enemies. Upon returning home, he married Daisy Alma McDowell on Jan. 4, 1946. Wallace built the home he and his family currently own. The Taylors farmed and raised cattle, providing many vegetables to neighbors and friends. Wallace also managed his own carpentry business, building homes for many families in the area. Upon retiring from carpentry, he worked for North Tippah School District as a bus driver and custodian. He always enjoyed being outdoors and helping people. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Geraldine Elder (Lavaughn) of Tiplersville; one son, David Lee Taylor of Rest Haven Nursing Home; one granddaughter, Angela Quinn (Chuck) of New Albany; two sisters-in-law, Bobbie McDowell and Jane Huddleston, both of Ripley; one brother-in-law, J. O. Young, of Tennessee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Alma (McDowell) Taylor; his parents; three brothers, Luna, Leonice, and Elmo.
Pallbearers will be Gary Huddleston, Jeff Huddleston, Holland McDowell, Chuck Quinn, Bill Taylor, and Steve Young. Honorary pallbearers will be John David Hall, Karl Patrick, Butch Robertson, and Jimmy Dale Rutherford.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Ripley Funeral Home.
Booker Thomas Sandridge
HOLLY SPRINGS - Booker Thomas Sandridge, 83, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Chulahoma MB Church in Holly Springs with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis at 1 p.m. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
The remains will lie in repose at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. and again at the church on Thursday from 10-10:55 a.m.
NEW ALBANY - Ivory Traylor, 75, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
CORINTH - Laura Conner, 88, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
WATER VALLEY - Ethel Turner, 75, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Water Valley Civic Audutorium. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Demeturis Antuan "Meatball" Owens
OXFORD - Demeturis Antuan 'Meatball' Owens, 19, died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss. in Oxford. Funeral services will be Friday, June 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Tallatachie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery in Taylor.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 2, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. at North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Jessie Lee Miller
BALDWYN - Jessie Lee Miller, 68, died Friday, May 27,2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was the son of Bessie Miller Price and Roger Spencer. He was reared by Willie D. Price. He was a member of Sandhill M. B. Church where he served as a deacon, Superintendent of Sunday School and Bible class teacher. He worked at Legget and Platt for many years, Bio-Clinc, and Pete Nichols Bail and Bonds.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Sandhill M. B. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Deaton Miller, of Baldwyn; his mother, Bessie Mae Price of Baldwyn; one daughter, LaDonna Coggins (Lee) of Corinth; one step-daughter, Rhonda Garrett (Eddie) of Kossuth; one son, Mark Miller (Vanessa) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one stepson, Brian Riggs (Trena) of Corinth; four sisters, Barbara Kohlhiem (Richard) and Brenda Grice (Wayne) both of Baldwyn, and Jeanette McGee (Frank) and Annette Swinney (Troy) both of Booneville; one brother, Gary Spencer, of Booneville; nine grandchildren, one great grand-daughter; step-mother, Ruby Mae Spencer of Booneville; two aunts, Estella Miller of Baldwyn and Armatha Booth of St. Louis, Mo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Miller, and one brother, Larry Spencer.
Visitation is from 1-5 p.m. 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.
Douglas Edward Mitchem
ABERDEEN - Douglas Edward Mitchem, 54, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at his residence. Born on October 22, 1956, in Pettry Bottom, West Virginia, he was a son of the late Samuel Alfred and Laffon Brown Mitchem.
Doug attended Blue Jay Elementary, Little Beaver Junior High, and Central High School in West Virginia and Hamilton High School. He was of the Baptist faith. Doug worked as a plumber with John Bethune and had worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company and had done road construction. A man with a big heart who would help anyone in need, he was passionate about supporting and donating stuffed animals to St. Jude Children's Hospital. With family being most important to him, he cherished the time spent with his grandchildren, especially Rylee Grace. Doug enjoyed listening to Oldies Country music, auctions, watching Westerns and American Pickers, riding with his nephew, Joe, and collecting Mamp&M items.
He is survived by his wife and best friends, Lisa Myatt Mitchem, Aberdeen; daughter, Seleana Griffith, Lubbock,Texas; step-daughter, Kristen Plunkett, Aberdeen; sons, Bobby Wayne Butler, Hamilton and Bradley Easter, Aberdeen; sisters, Edith McQuillia, Commerce, Ga., Barbara Lewis, Bluefield, Va., Wilma Redden, Mary Gorbutt, Deborah Davis, and Kathy Krausa, all of Aberdeen, and Sara Mitchem, West Virginia; brothers, Dale Mitchem, Aberdeen, David Mitchem, Nettleton, and Woody Mitchem, Hatley; grandchildren, Byron Jackson Butler, Bryson Edward Butler, Bryant Forrest Butler, Rylee Grace Welch and Braelyn Griffith; step-grandchildren, Joseph Douglas Griffith, Malachi Free and Ashton Free; several nieces and nephews; and a great-great-niece, Lydiah Jimenez.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Danny Joe Mitchem, Fairlena Faye Mitchem, and James Alfred Mitchem.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 2011 at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Aberdeen.
Pallbearers will be Josh Welch, Chris Mitchem, Tim Chaney, Lucas Jimenez, Mike DuVauld, Donny Stacy, Bobby Butler, Doug Davis and Danny Morris, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Morris, Kenny Sanders, and Walter Krausa.
Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
E.C. "Bo" Mercer
MOOREVILLE - E.C. "Bo" Mercer, 86 died suddenly Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2011, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial in Union Cemetery near Belden. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Veteran's Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803.