Obituaries July 3, 2013

Charlie    Everett
Roanoke, VA
Charlie Everette Custer, 76, of Roanoke, VA, passed awayWednesday, June 26, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Charlie had been in automotive equipment sales for over 50 years. Most recently he owned his own company, Automotive Equipment. Sales, and worked with Pro-Cut Industries for 13 years and was one of their award winning Sales Representative.
He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955 and was in the Air Force for 5 years in Texas, New York and California.
He was an avid fisherman and was a charter member of the Star City Bass Club for almost 40 years. A perfect day for him was one spent on the lake fishing. In addition to fishing, he loved collecting and restoring antique toy trucks.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Custer, of Roanoke, VA; daughter, Lynne Bledsoe and her husband, Kelly, of Roanoke VA; son, Clark Custer and his wife Jean, of Torrance, CA; son, Mike Griffin and his wife Melinda, of Aiken SC; sister-in-law,  Elaine Warren of Pontotoc; 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Dillard and her husband Joe, of Vinton, VA; niece, Wendy Skelton, of Salem, VA. Private family services will be at a later date.
Charlie always had a warm smile on his face and a story ready to tell you. He was the kinda man you were instantly drawn to in a room. When Charlie had something to say … let’s face it … it was always worth listening to! He will be greatly missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2799, Roanoke, VA 24001.
Gerald Keats Baldwin, 79, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He attended Mississippi State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a U.S. marshal for 21 years before retiring. He enjoyed his retirement and drinking coffee with the “Hardee” boys.
Services were Wednesday, June 26, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Sonny Smith officiated. Burial was in Immanuel Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Brooks Baldwin; his children, Jerry Baldwin of Natchez, Elizabeth Wiedman of Gluckstadt and Robert Hudson of Blue Springs; grandchildren, Chris Baldwin Potts (Sam) of Kosciusko; Beth Baldwin Chamblee (Luke) of Jackson, Keats Baldwin of Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Wiedman of Gluckstadt, Jennifer Hudson of Blue Springs, Matthew Hudson (Britney) of Blue Springs; and great-grandchildren, Rachel, Burton and Sarah Potts of Kosciusko, Keaton and Linlee Chamblee of Jackson, and Levi and Mila Hudson of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theron Baldwin and Anita Baldwin.
Pallbearers were Keats Baldwin, Matthew Hudson, Sam Potts, Luke Chamblee, Mike Blakely and Ben Brooks.

Earnest Harris
Earnest Wayne Harris, 53, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Greenville, S.C.
Services were June 26, in Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Yellow Leaf Cemetery at Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Charles Turpin
Charles Lee Turpin, 77, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his home in Thaxton.
Services were Friday, June 28, in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim McMillen officiating. Burial followed in Shady Grove Cemetery.
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Doc West
James Clifton “Doc” West, 63, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Marshall County to Lacy and Alice Martin West. He was a member of Apostolic Revival Center in New Albany. He was disabled.
Services were June 28, at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Steve Denton officiating. Burial followed in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one sister, Minnie Sue Lowery of Ripley; several nephews and cousins; and a special friend and caregiver, Betty Jean Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Frank Walls West and Barnette Martin.
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Bill Dauler
William Stanley Dauler, 75, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his residence. He was raised a Lutheran and attended church at Friendship Baptist Church. He earned a B.S. degree in animal husbandry from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu. He was retired from the catfish industry, where he was a founding member of Delta Pride Catfish Co. He was later associated with Consolidated Catfish Producers, where he was in sales and special development. He was a founding member of the Mississippi Traditional Archery Association. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June 29, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Baker officiating. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Michelle Henry-Dauler of Pontotoc; three daughters, Kristi Paxton (Adam) of Tupelo, Amy Sage Ligas (Jim) of Atlanta, Ga., and Brandy Nicole Lynch (Jeff) of Blue Ridge, Ga.; one son, Mark William Dauler (Leigh Ann) of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Joyce Dauler of Ft. Washakie, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren, Lane Baxter (Bo), Drew Napier, Tucker Napier, Will Dauler, Wyatt Dauler, Olivia Ligas, Luke Ligas, Harper Lynch, Hayden Lynch and Hudson Lynch; one niece, Leigh Anne Simpson; and two nephews, Doug Dauler and Rex Dauler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyt William Dauler and Mabel Gertrude Fell Dauler, and his twin brother, Richard Douglas Dauler.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to: St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 (Tribute Acc. 33771978); Friendship Baptist Church, 85 Friendship Road, Ecru, MS 38841; or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Attn: Member Services-William Dauler Memorial, 5705 Grant Creek Drive, Missoula, MT 59808.
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Erma Miller
PONTOTOC – Erma I. Miller, 81, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Services were Friday, June 28, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Justin L. Gates officiated. Burial followed in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Larry G., Michael D. and Mark A. Miller; three grandchildren, Douglas N. Miller, Angela Hamm and Anna Buckner; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. “Red” Miller.

William Hollands
William Howard Hollands, 66, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Tupelo. He was born May 26, 1947, in Sturgis to Hansel Hollands and Gladys Pike Hollands. He retired from Recline Design after becoming disabled.
Services were Monday, July 1, at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Ecru. Carly Lawson officiated. Burial was in Ecru City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hollands; his children, Tammy Hollands Jennings, William Clifton Hollands (Katherine), Thereisa Teran Santos (Cornelio), William Howard Hollands Jr., Bobby D. Hollands, Marie Russon (Bryan) and Lee Ann Davis (Chris); one sister, Jene King; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Darion Smith and Ray Hollands; and his parents.

David Harrelson
David Carrol Harrelson, 77, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence. He graduated from high school in 1953 at Calhoun City and from Mississippi State University in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, the Pontotoc Eastern Star 42, Pontotoc Masonic Lodge 81, Scottish Rites and Hamasa Shriners. He was an Air Force veteran and a retired supervisor of Pontotoc County Farmers Home Administration. He enjoyed reading, painting and taking children to the Shriner’s Hospitals.
Services were Monday, July 1, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial followed in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie D. Harrelson of Pontotoc; four sons, James L. Harrelson (Stephine) of Saltillo, David Bradford Harrelson of Sturgis, Winfred D. Harrelson of North Branch, Mich., and Christopher L. Harrelson (Lori) of Brentwood, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Beth Harrelson Grisham (Jay), Jacqueline Harrelson, Laken Harrelson, Gabby McWhirter and Elizabeth Anne Harrelson; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Grisham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Bradford Harrelson and Lula Mae Pilgreen Harrelson, and his brother, James Adrian Harrelson.
Pallbearers were: Pat Montgomery, Keith Reece, Perry Sewell, Jay Grisham, David Hall and Greg Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be the Masons of Pontotoc Lodge 81.
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Florine Walker
Florine Walker, 67, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a caregiver at Senior Services. She was a Christian and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services were Tuesday, July 2, at New Hope Baptist Church with Bro. Jody Rock officiating. Burial followed at New Hope Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Donnie Walker; sons, Randy (Tabatha) Walker and Ray (Tammy) Walker; granddaughters, Brandy (Whitt) Stewart and Haylee Walker; sisters, Maggie Wilson, Havis (Manuel) Quintana, Betty (Jerry) Freeman, Amy McGolfin, and Virgina Bailey; and brother, Lamar (Betty) Westmoreland.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Earline Hester and Mozelle Westmoreland; and brothers, J.C. Westmoreland and Charles Westmoreland.
Pallbearers were Johnny Hopper, Michael Hopper, Dennis McGloflin, Tommy Gregory, Tommy Parker, Jerry Higginbotham, Manueal Quintana, Leon Wilson and Matt Collins.

James Butler
James Nesbit Butler, 86, died in his sleep on Monday, July 1, 2013, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was at home surrounded by his family. A devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Bettye Morrow Butler, “Bops” was also a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His faith and his family were the cornerstones of his life.
A native of Pontotoc County, his parents were William Adolphus Butler and Opal Nesbit Butler. He graduated from Pontotoc High School and entered the University of Mississippi in 1944 as a freshman guard on the Ole Miss football team. He later served as the M-Club Alumni secretary for over 30 years.
After a tour of duty during World War II and completion of his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ole Miss, he spent 10 years in New Albany and Pontotoc as a football coach, leading teams to the Little Ten championship. He also served as principal and athletic director of Pontotoc High School and coached basketball and youth sports teams.
A committed Ole Miss Rebel, Jim moved to Oxford in 1961, working with the Ole Miss Alumni Association, becoming the third director of Alumni Affairs in 1980. He started the Ole Miss Student Alumni Council during his tenure at the university. While at Ole Miss he served under Chancellors J.D. Williams, Porter Fortune, Gerald Turner and Robert Khayat. He and Bettye have a lifetime of memories and friendships during Ole Miss ball games, travels, alumni meetings, bowl games and events. Jim spent his career creating Ole Miss friendships.
Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford and was active in the Wilds Men’s Sunday School Class. He was also a deacon and lead usher and loved staying active in church activities until just recent weeks. He was a longtime member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Oxford Rotary Club and served as president. He was recognized as the Jaycee Man of the Year and chosen as an Ole Miss Outstanding Alumnus and a member of ODK. He also served as chairman of the Cancer Society.
His former football players continued to visit Coach Butler throughout his lifetime, inviting him to attend class reunions each year to celebrate friendships and Warrior memories.
Jim is survived by his wife, Bettye; children, Carole Butler Haney (Hal), Lance Butler of Oxford and Mitzi Butler Linginfelter (Bill) of Atlanta. Grandchildren are Whitney Haney Harris (Russell) of Memphis and Hunter Haney of Oxford and William Butler Linginfelter and Elizabeth Jean Linginfelter of Atlanta. Great-grandchildren are Haney Evelyn Harris and Mallory Carole Harris of Memphis. He is also survived by two brothers, Tommy Butler (Jeanne) of Nesbit and Allen Butler (Virginia Ann) of Hattiesburg, and sister-in-law, Lola Butler of Tupelo, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Butler, of Furrs and two infant brothers.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be at First Baptist Church in Oxford on Wednesday, July 3, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be in the Atrium of First Baptist Church beginning at noon Wednesday until the service. Honorary pallbearers are the Wilds Men’s Sunday School Class and the ushers and deacons of First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; Student Alumni Council, c/o Ole Miss Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 48677; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to

William New
William ‘Tater’ New, 68, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.