GOLDEN - Shirley M. Kimmins, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at her residence. She was born March 19, 1927, in Chicago to John and Edna Peterson Andersen. She was retired from General Motors.
Survivors are two sons, John B. Kimmins of Spring, Texas, and Bill Kimmins (Belinda) of Golden; five grandchildren, Tina Stokes and Amanda Kimmins, both of Michigan, Jason Meyers (Debi) of Singer Island, Fla., Derek Jackson (Jennifer) of Rienzi and Lauren Hope Jackson of Golden; two great-grandchildren, Kameron Jackson and K.B. Jackson; a sister-in-law, Jean Anderson of San Jose, Calif.; a cousin, Amy Henderson of Rensselaer, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Kimmins; her parents; and a brother, John Andersen.
Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
BOONEVILLE - John Robert Reardon, 63, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at his home. He was a veteran of the United states Army and the owner of a swimming pool business.
Private memorial services, following cremation, will be held at a later date. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is assisting the family.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Tomko of Booneville; one daughter, Kellie Boyd (Chase) of Clarksville, Tenn.; one son, Brad Reardon (Sarah) of Germantown, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Stephanie Tomko of Collierville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Laurn, Hunter and Emma Boyd of Clarksville, Tenn., and Caroline Reardon of Germantown, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Alonzo and Lilly Mae Sawyer Reardon.
Memorials may be made to the American Society, The Peoples Bank, ATTN Roger Childs, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663; or Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1028, Verona, MS 38879.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Annie B. Lowery
IUKA - Annie B. Lowery, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka.
Lois Ansalane Lindsey Rogers of Corinth died peacefully on Aug. 18, 2009, after a 13-year battle with cancer. She was the widow of William Earl Rogers. She is survived by her family: her son, William “Bill” Earl Rogers Jr., his wife, Vicki, and their daughter, Lindsey, as well as her daughter, Patricia “Pat” Rogers Ashcraft, her husband, Hollis, and their daughter, Melissa “Missy” Ashcraft McDaniel, Missy’s husband, David, and their children, Katie and Whitt. Her parents, Gertrude and Homer Lindsey, and her siblings, Homer Lindsey Jr. and Pearl Lindsey Davis, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Rogers spent her entire life in Corinth except for the first two years of her marriage during the time her husband served in World War II. When her children were grown, after years spent as a homemaker and mother, she began an enjoyable period of her life as a school secretary at Corinth Junior High School and then at Corinth High School.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, the Dorcas Sunday School Class and the Prime Timers. Her last years were spent surrounded by a group of friends who enriched her life with their support and love. She loved their bus trips, lunches, and trips to the movies.
The funeral will be held at McPeters Funeral Home in Corinth on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Henry Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Wings at West Clinic in Memphis, The American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church.
AMORY - Mada Sue Harden Miller, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born April 3, 1914, in Fulton to Thomas Daniel and Bertie Clayton Harden. She moved to Amory in 1931. She was the last surviving member of the Amory High School Class of 1932. She was a dental assistant and a homemaker. She married Robert Fletcher Miller in 1945; he died in 1970. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, she was active in the United Methodist Women, and a member of the Gleaners/Friendship Sunday School Class, the Administrative Council, the Board of Trustees and the Heritage Committee. She was a charter member and life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Amory, where she served in various offices. She was a member of the Matinee Arts Club, the Magnolia Flower Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile, the Rev. Steven Keen and the Rev. Rosa Lee Harden officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Elaine H. Rucker of Mentor, Ohio, and Ouida H. Nylen of Birmingham; three nephews, Ken Harden of Carrboro, N.C., Howard Nylen of Birmingham and Greg Harden of Keller, Texas; and seven nieces, Judi Harden Horne of Amory, Rubye Del Harden of Tupelo, Louise Nylen Dodd of Roseland, Va., Suzanne Rucker of Chapel Hill, N.C., Linda Rucker Corbett of Mentor, Ohio, Rosa Lee Harden of San Francisco, Calif., and Karen Harden Wirt of Stillwater, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; three brothers, Delmus C., Richard K. and Lannan C. Harden; and one nephew, Clay Harden.
Pallbearers will be Ken Harden, Greg Harden, Howard Nylen, Jon Alexander, Will Alexander, Cris Eklund and Fritz Wirt. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Corbett, Joshua Corbett, Bo Dodd, Shelton Dodd, Cris Caldwell, Lance Harden, Daniel Harden and Fletcher Burdine.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Harden House, c/o Southern Christian Services, 1900 N. West St., Suite B, Jackson, MS 39202-1034.
James H. Turner
EUPORA - James H. "Jack" Turner, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at his home after an illness of several months. A native of Neshoba County, he was born Aug. 25, 1928, and raised in the Coldwater community. He had been a resident of Eupora since 1955. He was a retired line foreman with Natchez Trace Electric Power Association, where he worked for 38 years. He accepted Christ as his savior at a young age and as long as his health permitted was an active member of First Baptist Church of Eupora, where he served as lifetime deacon and Sunday School director for 22 years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and Mississippi State University athletics, especially basketball and baseball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Eupora City Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eunice Salter Turner; a daughter, Paula Turner of Tupelo; a son, Russ (Carol) Turner of Eupora; two granddaughters, Kadie and Callie Turner of Eupora; and a sister, Carlene McGraw of Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ely and Annie Barham Turner; two brothers, Ethel and Bill Turner; and two sisters, Ava Dee Breazeale and Jewel Payne.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Eupora First Baptist Church Building Fund.
CORINTH - Charles "Bill" Smith, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today.
OXFORD - Lois Birdsong Rayner, 96, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, in Oxford. She was born Feb. 1, 1913, in Meridian to B. Franklin Birdsong and Maggie Lee Page Birdsong. She graduated from Meridian High School. In the late 1930s, she moved to Newton, where she was a member of Newton Methodist Church. She moved to Jackson in 1958 and to Oxford in 2005. In Jackson, she was an active member of St. Luke's Methodist Church. After retiring from the State Board of Health in 1976, she became an avid bridge player. She was active in senior activities and various clubs and enjoyed traveling with friends.
A private graveside service will be held in Jackson. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanette R. Davis (Ralph) of Jackson, Janice R. Spradley of Shreveport, La., and Judy R. Bruce of Oxford; one son, Dr. Jim Rayner (Mary Sharp) of Oxford; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorris Whitney Rayner; her parents; four sisters, Louise B. Blackwell, LaVern B. McPheeters, Leatha B. Rogers and Doris LeJean Blackwell; and two brothers, Lyn E. Birdsong and B. Frank Birdsong Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic, 205 S. Commerce Cove, Oxford, MS; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.
MYRTLE - Evelyn Potts Smith, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born July 8, 1919, to the late Mark Lowery Potts and Minnie Mae Grisham Potts. She retired from Futorian-Mohasco Furniture Mfg. Co. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Union County. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved helping others and lived life to the fullest. She was a member of the Red Hat Club.
Services were Monday, Aug. 17, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial was in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Taylor (Kelly) of New Albany; two daughters-in-law, Louise Smith of Corinth and Sue Smith of Memphis; one son, Oscar Lee Smith of Myrtle; one sister, Earsteen Cook of New Albany; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, Thressa Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar Samuel Smith; three sons, Robert S. Smith, Joe S. Smith and James Smith; three sisters, Grace Smith, Annie Dodds and Frances Kidd; and a brother, Everett Potts.
Pallbearers were Matt Fitzgerald, Smith Veal, Taylor Veal, Luke Taylor, Mike Potts, Andy Lewis and Albert Powell.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservi.com.
FALKNER - Pauline Jones, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at her home in Falkner. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
RED BAY, Ala. - Magdalene Vinson Page, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Jan. 13, 1920, in Franklin County, Ala., to Washington Oscar and Dessie Reid Vinson. She was a homemaker and a member of Red Bay Freewill Baptist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star and Halltown Homemakers Club. She enjoyed playing golf.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Mark McCraney and Bro. Phillip Vinson officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.
Survivors are one son, Alec Page (Friedel) of Red Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Mary Ellen Collum (Joel) of Red Bay and Judy Hayes of McDonough, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Joel Collum Jr. (Barbara), Jim Collum (Cyndi), Rhonda Condrey (Jerry), Wanda Berry (Joe), Scott Fuqua (Laurie), Sean Paul Hayes (Tami), Holly Cole (Clinton) and Jonathan Hill; 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and her special caregiver, Linda Pounders of Red Bay, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Page, and a daughter, Jimmie Irene Page.
Pallbearers will be Joel Collum Jr., Jim Collum, Jerry Condrey, Joe Berry, Sean Paul Hayes and Scott Fuqua. Honorary pallbearers will be Horace Morrow, James Carlton Rudd, Jonathan Hill and Matthew Collum.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
CALHOUN CITY - Ella B. Walls Collums, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at her home. She was born May 8, 1929, in Pontotoc County. She was a former employee of Kellwood Manufacturing and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Carl Morris and Bro. Michael Whitten officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include six daughters, Wanda (David) Marshall of vardaman, Patsy (Mike) Wilder of Pittsboro, Cynthia Collums (Charles Raulston) of Gore Springs, Grace Walls of Pontotoc, Cary (Lanny) Harwell of Coffeeville and Teresa (Bobby) Moore of Calhoun City; three sisters, Wilma Doles and Gennette Malone of Calhoun City and Mary Walls of Old Town, Fla.; two brothers, Harold Walls of Calhoun City and Wayne Walls of Fort Payne, Ala.; 14 grandchildren, Michelle Griffin, Stacy Rogers, Jennifer Frizzell, Kevin Roberts, Bryan Roberts, Josh Roberts, Leslie Lamar, Jonathan Perrigan, Jason Perrigan, April Spears, Darrell Walls, Regina Ray, Resa Wood and Gregory Skelton; 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edward Collums; her parents, Benjamin Frank Walls and Mader Irene Stepp Walls; a great-grandchild, Lil Ricky Frizzell; brothers, O.C. Walls, Raymond Walls, Duel Walls, Nelson Walls, Joe Walls, Tootie Walls and Jay Walls; and a sister, Opal Gilland.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Perrigen, Bubba (Steven) Nichols, Lane Griffin, Bryan Roberts, Kevin Roberts, Michael Ray and Alex Livingston.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO - Katie Sue Witcher, 99, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born July 30, 1910, in the Furrs community of Pontotoc County to Richard and Corneilia Faulkner Hubbard. She lived the majority of her life in the Bissell community, where she married her husband, Lee Witcher, who died April 7, 1964. She was a master housewife. She was the oldest and among the most faithful members of the Bissell Baptist Church, where for decades she cleaned the church. She loved baseball and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, taking care of her flowers, and babysitting all her grandchildren. great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Mama Kake." She had a giving and faithful spirit, and was loved and will be missed by all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Witcher family plot at White Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday only at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy W. Montgomery of the Bissell community; three grandchildren, Debbie Abernathy (Ed) of Shannon, Kim Finley (Champ) of the Randolph community and Janet Hendrix (Tim) of Plantersville; four great-grandchildren, Dallas Brand of Randolph, Sam Brand and Courtney Reed, both of Tupelo, and Tyler Hendrix of Plantersville; three great-great-grandchildren, Hunter and Eli Brand, and Addison Reed, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and several siblings.
Pallbearers will be Sam Brand, Tyler Hendrix, Jordan Powell, Tommy Wilson, Larry Witcher and Shane Metcaife.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38803; Meals on Wheels, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Bissell Baptist Church, 4662 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
NETTLETON - J.D. Shumpert, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Paul W. Dillard
PONTOTOC - Paul W. Dillard died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc and employed by USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services. He was an avid naturalist, an ardent conservationist and a man of great integrity and humility. No man loved his family more.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today Thursday at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Roye Dillard; two daughters, Forrest Jenkins (Jake) of Oxford and Casey Pernell (Jon) of Tupelo; his mother, Virginia Goodman Dillard of Pontotoc; and two brothers, Leigh Dillard (Debra) of Mansfield, La., and Mike Dillard of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hayden "Speck" Dillard.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be sent to: The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; or Friends of the Tanglefoot Trail, 49 South Main St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
MADISON - Yoby Vance Henderson, 47, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, in Ridgeland after a long illness. She was born April 21, 1962, in Winona. She earned a degree in education at the University of Mississippi and worked as a teacher. She was a loving mother and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 8, at Pinelake Church with the Rev. Chip Henderson officiating. A private family burial was at Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Wright amp& Ferguson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Christopher Henderson of Madison; a son, William Garrett Henderson of Madison; two daughters, Jane Claire Henderson and Lilah Elizabeth Henderson, both of Madison; her father, George Dewey Vance of Winona; a brother, George Chadwin Vance of Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Janie Ruth Bruns Vance.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
SHANNON - William Albert "Bill" Ethridge, 61, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, on the Ethridge family farm west of Shannon. He was born on July 2, 1948, to Albert Ethridge and Hazel Pickering Ethridge. He graduated from Shannon High School in l966. He lived all his life in Shannon and a lifelong member of the Pontocola Baptist Church. He was a self-employed master farmer and trucker, owning Ethridge Farms and W.A. Ethridge Trucking Company. He was a great outdoorsman and loved the land of Chiwappa and Coonewah Bottoms he farmed. He enjoyed bird hunting, deer hunting and fishing, when not tilling the soil or trucking. He embraced life with all the gusto one human being could muster, had hundreds of friends, and was always ready and willing to spend quality time among his family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his three sons, Bill Ethridge Jr. (Renea) and Michael Ethridge (Tuesday), both of Shannon, and Scotty Ethridge (Jenni) of Corinth; his grandchildren, Brandon, Brook Shoup (Chris), Mace, Wesley, Will, Blake, Loxley, Nick and Rebecca Rainey; two great-grandchildren, Ansley Shoup and Eva Ling; his very special friend and caregiver, Denise Carnathan (Scott, Lisa, Christy and their families); and two sisters, Patsy Ethridge and Wanda Scruggs, both of Shannon.
Pallbearers will be Wesley and Brandon Ethridge, Kevin Stokes, Michael Clark, Gary Sullivan and Joey McFarling. Honorary pallbearers will include all his close friends, farming buddies and extended family.
TUPELO - Henrietta Thomas, 97, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at her daughter's home in Amory after an extended illness. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she was a member of United Methodist Women and the choir, and a former Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed quilting and she loved her dog.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Jimmy Barnes will officiate, and Dr. George Pulliam will deliver the eulogy. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Lilla R. Castleberry Newson and husband, Benjamin, of Amory; three grandchildren, Benjamin B. Nelson and wife, Robbye, of Woodbridge, Va., Teresa R. Spates and husband, Bennie, of Verona, and Gwendolyn M. Nelson of Amory; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the St. Paul United Methodist Men.
The family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.
ABERDEEN - Leomia Gillespie, 71, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Baptist Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.