MEMPHIS – Mildred O. Wright Briggs, 93, died Monday, May 14, 2012, in Paris, Tenn. She was born July 13, 1918, to Ernest and Myrtle Robbins Wright in Shannon. She was a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in Memphis for many years. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Whittentown Cemetery in Ripley, Miss. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jan Walker of Oxford, Sherry S. Anderton (Elvis) of Oakland, Tenn., and Ramona Davis of Paris, Tenn.; one son, Robert E. Welch (Myra) of Germantown, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Tanya S. Huddleston (Jimmy), Dawn S. Jackson (Joel), Terry Shinall (Kelly), Chris Shinall (Susan), Roddy Welch (Vicky), Cindy Harris (Tony), Dianna Mullen and Darrin Murphy; 14 great-grandchildren, Terhyn M. Ohler, Justin S. Jackson, Megan Watson, Jeremy Shinall, Maria Shinall, Anna Mullen, Callen Shinall, Ally Shinall, Trevor Shinall, Melinda Russell, Chris Welch, Brandon Goad, Anthony Harris and Jason Harris; 14 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl D. Briggs; her parents; and one great-grandson, Luke S. Ohler.
Pallbearers will be Terry Shinall, Chris Shinall, Justin Jackson, Chris Welch, Brandon Goad and Anthony Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Huddleston, Joel Jackson, Jason Harris and Roddy Welch.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Wanda McCarley Henderson, 56, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at her home after a long illness. She was born Sept. 8, 1955, in Lee County. She was a longtime member of Pleasant Grove Mission Church in Shannon. She was the children’s Sunday School teacher. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and also the community mother. She loved camping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Mission Church with Bro. Ricky Gattis and Bro. Mike Hunter officating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. Billy Wayne Henderson; five sons, Michael Dale (Dawn) Pannell, William Franklin (Jennifer) Pannell, Jason Lee Pannell, Jimmy Dewayne (Zandy) Pannell and Hunter Chase Rodgers; one daughter, Whitney Page Rodgers; her mother, Virginia McCarley; two sisters, Frankie Jean (Danny Joe) Oliver and Stephanie Ann (Johnny) Conwill; two brothers, Frank “Bug” (Rebecca) McCarley Jr. and Tommy (Sonya) McCarley; 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Madalen, Austin, Carley, Shelby, Dylane and Landon Pannell, Dylan McKenzie, Carter and Parker Lundquist, and Kaleigh Morgan; one great-grandchild, Addison Pannell; little friends, Zack, Hunter, Makiah, Anna, Katie, Skylar and Olivia; and special friends, Billie Jean Davis, Chris and Janet Kimbrough.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank McCarley; her grandparents, William and Ruby McCarley, and Bill and Anna Kate Wright; and her father-in-law, Derwood Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Bobby and Dean Davis, Andrew McCarley, Shaun McLevain, and Mark and Ray Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Mask, Barry Humphreys, Doug Kimble, Daniel McNinch and Steven Counce.
Memorials donations may be made to a fund set up at Renasant Bank in Shannon for a headstone.
HOUSTON – Luenettie Evans, 76, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church in Houston. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, James Deedy Evans and A.Q. Brownlee Jr.; one brother, Freddie Jenning; one sister, Genevea Jones; a granddaughter, Jackie Hall Ivy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.0m. Friday at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Viola Clark Holmes, 89, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Jacobs Chapel Cemetery at Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.
CORINTH – Robert “Big Daddy” Garrett, 62, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Magnolia Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Central Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Forrest Hills Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
J.W. Parker Jr.
CALHOUN CITY – John Wesley “J.W.” Parker Jr., 48, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at his home. He was born March 2, 1964, in Calhoun City. He was a plant manager for MMC Concrete. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Calhoun City and the Calhoun City Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance and the Rev. John Warren officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kim Hubbard Parker; daughter, Kathryn Parker of Calhoun City; sons, Wes Parker and Cole Parker, both of Calhoun City; his mother, Jeanette Hood Parker of Calhoun City; sisters, Brenda (Kenny) Dismuke and Jo Baker (Roger Winters), all of Calhoun City; father-in-law, and mother-in-law, Richard and Sandra Hubbard of Calhoun City; uncles, Billy (Wanda) Parker, Bobby (Rita) Parker, Junior (Carol) Parker, all of Calhoun City, Glen Earl Hood of Eupora and Quinton Hood of Dumas, Ark.; an aunt, Juanita Dickey of Eupora; nieces, Ashley (Jarod) Gray of Calhoun City, Erica (Kenneth) Scott of Vardaman and Regan Hubbard of Calhoun City; a special niece, Addie Grace Hardin of Calhoun City; nephews, Jonathan (Maggie) Dismuke of Houston, Texas, and Parker Baker of Calhoun City; great-nephews, Patrick Gray of Calhoun City, and Tate Scott and Laden Scott of Vardaman; great-niece, Kyleigh Scott of Vardaman.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Parker; grandparents, Mann and Lorene Parker, and Mr. and Mrs. Lane Hood; and a cousin, Jake Parker.
Pallbearers will be Tony Morgan, John Beasley, Dave Shankle, Josh Parker, Damon Parker and Heath Parker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Calhoun Cares, P.O. Box 396, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
WATERFORD – Sammie Louis Jeffries, 63, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford. Burial will be in Wilkins Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.
BALDWYN – Diane Hadaway, 71, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Claude Poland Jr.
TUPELO – Claude W. Poland Jr., 85, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
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RIPLEY, Okla. – Sidney Marshall Malone, 70, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Cleveland Area Hospital in Cleveland, Okla. He was born June 7, 1941, in Amory to Marshall J. and Clara Bell Bacon Malone. He lived in Amory until he was 26 years old. He was a carpenter. He was a junk collector and enjoyed auctions. He raised chickens, rabbits and birds and loved gardening. He was a member of Grady's Chapel Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grady's Chapel Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
He is survived by a son, Sidney "Mitch" Malone (Lola) of New Albany; a daughter, Jessie Malone of Ripley, Okla.; two sisters, Bobbie Luther (Jack) of Golden and Sandy Ruth Coker (Tom) of Plano, Texas; one brother, Billy Malone (Dianne) of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Jason Malone (Shelly), Lee Robinson (Heidi) and Nicole Robinson; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew Malone, Jewel Malone and Eli Robinson.
He was a daughter, Brandy Leigh Malone; and four sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Grady's Chapel Methodist Church, Central Grove Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
BELDEN – John Robert Elidge Sartain, 87, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. He was born April 26, 1925, in Pineville, Ala., to Dewey and Luella Jackson Sartin. He was a decorated United States World War II veteran of the United States Army’s 30th Infantry Division. He received medals from the Army in recognition of his service during WWII, where he was a P.O.W. His greatest passion was gardening, mowing his yard and fishing. He was a Baptist by faith and attended Locust Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jay Stanley officiating. Military graveside services will be Saturday in Ridge Cemetery near Red Bay, Ala.
Survivors include three sons, Johnny L. Sartain (Patsy), Joey D. Sartain (Michele) and Jeffery Aaron Sartain, all of Belden; two sisters, Willie Mikels (Chuck) of Gurnee, Ill.,and Lovie Dykes of Red Bay, Ala.; one brother, George Sartain of Red Bay, Ala.; one brother-in-law, Ray Malone of Shelton, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Shirley Tackett of Skyline; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mabel Clara Hall Sartain, on Nov. 27, 2007; his parents; two infant children; and five brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Paralized Veterans of America, 2605 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Billy Ray Floyd, 76, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Wheeler. He was an automobile dealer, and he was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, working and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech and Bro. Randy Estes officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Bannister Floyd, whom he married on June 13, 1956; five daughters, Kathy Rose (Tom) of Benton, Ill., Sharon Wirtz (Ken) of Kenosha, Wis., Mary Moore (Robert) and Debra Estes (Marty), all of Jumpertown, and Belinda Childers (Bill) of Booneville; two sisters, Helen Burns of Booneville and Shirley Harris (James) of New Site; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy Fred Floyd and Leona Gertrude Clark Floyd; a son Bobby Ray Floyd; and three brothers, Bobby Floyd, Gene Floyd and W.T. Floyd.
Pallbearers are Ken Wirtz, Tony Wirtz, Cody Wirtz, Richard Floyd, Joshua Estes and Nathan Beaty.
HAMILTON – James Rose Pounders, 87, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born April 25, 1925, to Norman Pounders and Dellie McDuffa Pounders in Phil Campbell, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton. He retired as a surveyor and equipment operator for MDOT. He was a member of Hamilton Primitive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He served on many committees to help Hamilton grow. He loved his family and church and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Elder Jesse Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery with military rites.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Seely Pounders of Hamilton; one daughter, Sandra Gill (Bobby) of Hamilton; one son, Gerald Pounders (Nova) of Hamilton; five grandchildren, Jimmy Springfield, Dale Springfield, Kevin Springfield, Doug Pounders and Samantha Autrey; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Therald Pounders; three brothers, Quinon Pounders, Edward Pounders and Lester Pounders; and two sisters, Rachel Morrow and Dot Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Springfield, Dale Springfield, Kevin Springfield, Brandon Baggett, Barrett Baggett and Steve Ward.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandson, Doug Pounders, and members of Hamilton Primitive Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
PONTOTOC – Steve Young, 48, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
ECRU – Jacqueline “Jackie” McCarver Flowers, died April 11, 2012. She was born June 22, 1922. She was formerly of the Friendship community. She graduated from Ecru High School and from the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in education. She taught at Kingsbury High School in Memphis for more than 35 years. She was a volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis and for Meals on Wheels. She traveled the world with her dearest friend, Yvonne. She loved children and their education, her pets and reading. She was the epitome of a true “Southern Belle” and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ecru Cemetery.
She is survived by her sister, Annie Laurie McWhirter; one brother, John Wynn McNeill McCarver; one sister-in-law, June McCarver; three nieces, Donna McWhirter Black (Kevin), Joni McWhirter and Lori McCarver Parker (Rick); four nephews, Rodger (Sharon), Mike (Julie), Greg McWhirter and Gary (Faye) McCarver; two great-nieces and 14 great-nephews; many great-great -nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby G. and Effie McCarver; brothers, Rube, Jean Dudley, Malcolm and his twin, Richard McCarver; one sister, Virginia McCarver Walls; her brothers-in-law, Joe McWhirter and Robert Walls.
RIPLEY – Johnny C. Gilliland, 78, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lodge at Lake Arrowhead at Hickory Flat. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Billie F, Rockette
PONTOTOC – Billie F. Rockette, 55, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley with the Rev. Bobby Hall officiating. Burial will be in North Hopewell Cemetery at Taylor. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Terry Rockette of WaterValley; his mother, Maudie Rockette of WaterValley; six brothers, Billy Frank Rockette, John Rockette, Tony Rockette, JoJo Rockette, Milton Rockette and Clay Rockette; six sisters, Gari Rockette, Rebecca Rockette, Anita Rockette, Lisa Rockette Hall, Laura Ann Rockette and Lisa Owens.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Everdale M.B. Church in WaterValley.
Sign the online registry book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Manfread Lee Wax, 74, died on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born April 7, 1938, in Monroe County to Plummer and Wripple Victoria Wax. He was a member of the St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, where he was an outstanding basketball player. He attended Okolona Jr. College in Okolona. He was recruited by a Triple A Baseball Club in Omaha, Neb. He returned home to work for Chris Tony Bakery, True Temper, City of Amory and Amory Police Department, where he worked his way up to become the captain of the Detective Division and Narcotics. After many years he worked his way to become assistant police chief for the City of Amory for many years. He was on the force for 36 years. After retirement he was better known as the “watermelon man.” His enjoyment in life was watching his watermelons grow and working his truck patch. He also loved playing checkers with friend and neighbors.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow at the United Memorial Cemetery of Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Winnie Ruth "Missie" Wax of Amory; three son, Tyrone (Debra) James of Amory, Melvin Douglas (Sandra) Wax of Columbus and Gregg Anthony (Yolanda) Wax of Tupelo; two daughters, Anita Diane (Alfred) White of Memphis, Jennifer Michelle (Byran) McIntosh of Amory; one brother, Rev. Benjamin (Hilda) Wax of Smithville; two sisters, Mavis "Wax" Hogan of Omaha, Neb., and Emma Shirley “Wax” (Earnie) Copeland of Bronx, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by one son, Bobby Jonathan Wax; three brothers, John Houston, and Morrow and Leon Wax.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service on Friday at the church.
THRASHER – William Fred Johnson, 62, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 8, 1949, to Fred and Ara Boone Johnson. He was retired from Booneville Hardware Co. He was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Doug Rakestraw and Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in the Tuscumbia Cemetery.
He is survived by five brothers, Joe R. (Shirley) Johnson of Booneville, James Alvin Johnson of Corinth, Jimmy Johnson, Gary (Linda) Johnson, and Ronnie (Sandy), all of Thrasher; seven nieces and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Johnson; and an infant brother, John Donald Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Clay Johnson, Brent Johnson, Gerald Wayne Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Robby Johnson and Mark Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until service time on Friday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
ELLISTOWN – Stanley Rayburn, 81, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Guntown.
HOULKA – Marie Zachary Quarles, 84, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 8, 1926, to J.O. and Odene Walls Zachary in the Robbs community of Pontotoc. She married Arthur Hubert Quarles and shared many wonderful years until his death on Dec. 14, 1987.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one brother, T. Wayne Zachary of Memphis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Daniel Quarles; one sister, Mabel Murphree; and one brother, N.E. Zachary.
TREMONT – William Hutson, 77, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Wanza Sue McDonald
GOLDEN – Wanza Sue McDonald, 52, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a native of Houston and worked in computer programming.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. William Warren Sr. and Bro. William Warren Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two daughters, Crystal McDonald of Tremont and Samantha McDonald of Golden; her parents, Hal and Bonnie Patterson of Tremont; one sister, Joyce Engle (Rodney) of Golden; one niece, Tanya Holcomb of Golden; two nephews, Austin Engle of Belmont and Rocky Engle of Red Bay, Ala.; four great-nieces and three great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Luther and Virdie Stanphill, and Ray and Annie May Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Austin Engle, Brian Bridgeman, William Warren, Danny Yielding, Dennis Mitchell, Scotty Mitchell and Chuck Petree.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay until service time on Friday.
VINA, Ala. – Jean Marie Hardin, 71, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to service time today.
Virdie Mae Holland
VINA, Ala. – Virdie Mae Holland, 86, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.