Obituaries 07/9/08 and 07/11/08

Cecil Gandy Sr., 81

Cecil Ray Gandy Sr., 81, of Potts Camp, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born July 9, 1926, in Marshall County to James Marion Gandy and Bennie Lee McCallum Gandy. He was an employee of the Wurlitzer factory and a member of the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. He enjoyed raising dogs and running a sawmill.

Services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Interment was in Chewalla Cemetery at Potts Camp.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Williams Gandy of Potts Camp; one son, Cecil Ray Gandy Jr. of Potts Camp; one daughter, Kathy Ritts of Potts Camp; one brother, Clyde E. Gandy of Potts Camp; two grandchildren, Melissa Shaw and James Ray Gandy; one great-grandchild, Anna Beth Gandy.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Ray Gandy; his parents; and two brothers and four sisters.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Irene Poe, 86

Irene Poe, of Potts Camp, was born June 8, 1921, to James Luther and Bessie Gilliam. She passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2008. She married William “Dub” Poe on July 27, 1945. She was saved as a teenager and baptized in Jones Creek near Potts Camp.

She finished her race well. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She never taught a Sunday School class, but cleaned plenty of little noses in the nursery. I remember a time she walked about five miles to help in the nursery at VBS. This is what she felt she could do to help. As a mother of four she could do more with nothing than you have ever seen. She was a cook (oh, and the smell of tea cakes when you stepped off that school bus, there was nothing like it), nurse, fireman, carpenter, wood splitter, gardener, seamstress. She taught her children by the life she lead. She relied on the Lord to carry her through. She also taught other things like play on the south side of the house when it’s windy or cold. If you want a pudding, you’ll leave three bananas. Everyone needs Black Draught and sage tea from time to time, regardless of what it takes to get it down. If you made her laugh, she couldn’t whip as hard and to treat everyone the same. She cared for many people beside her family. She was the most contented person you would ever meet. God prepared her for her first stroke. She had fixed dinner for the family in January 2000. Arthritis was so bad in her knees that she bore her weight on her hands on a walker. Someone remarked about her hands having the walker print in them. She said, “I’m going to start using the wheelchair tomorrow.” She had a stroke that night and was in a wheelchair there on out. As things got worse her smile got bigger. One stroke took her speech, but you could watch her mouth every word to many old hymns. She has been as low as you think is possible and hum “Rock of Ages.” This is just a few things about our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. Heaven has a new ear-to-ear smile.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at Salem Baptist Church. Interment will be in Cornersville Cemetery in Cornersville. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four children, Linda Covington (John) of Blue Springs, Bonnie Berryhill (Terry) of Potts Camp, Larry Poe (Kit) of Collierville, Tenn., and Regina Browning (David) of Etta; eight grandchildren, Amy McDonald (Hayes) of Franklin, Tenn., Jeff Covington (Amanda) of Myrtle, Jonathan Berryhill (Lisa) and Jenna Berryhill, both of Potts Camp, Chris Poe of Miami, Fla., Samantha Poe of Collierville, Tenn., Craig Browning (Jessica) and Kayla Browning of Etta; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Alexandra McDonald of Franklin, Tenn.; two brothers, Veryl Gilliam of Memphis and Arnold Gilliam of Blue Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dub Poe; a brother, Fred Gilliam; and a sister, Chris Lollar.

Pallbearers will be Hayes McDonald, Jeff Covington, Jonathan Berryhill, Chris Poe and Craig Browning.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Willie James

Melvin, 73

Willie James Melvin, 73, of New Albany, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Billy Joe Wofford, 56

Billy Joe Wofford, 56, of Pontotoc, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at his residence. He was born Oct. 15, 1951 in Houston to Luberta Calvin Blackwell and the late James Walter Wofford. He attended Beaver Dam School, 1982 he moved to Indianapolis, Ind., he worked for Washington Township Schools as a bus driver for 15 years. He retired and moved to Pontotoc in 2007.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Willie B. Sampson and Rev. Benny Randolph officiating. Interment will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home-New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include Debra J. Spivey, the mother of his children and life long friend of Pontotoc; four daughters, Sharon Wofford of Detroit, Mich., Amanda Shirley and her husband, Kortez and Tiffany Wofford, both of Pontotoc and Shyri Wofford of Indianapolis, Ind.; three brothers, Willie Blackwell and his wife, Zelma and Johnny Blackwell and his wife, Estell, both of New Albany and Adrian Blackwell and his wife, Tina of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Juanita Edwards of New Albany and Diane Worship and his wife, William of Ingomar; nine grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and two siblings, Marie Moss and Joyce Ann Robbins.

Pallbearers will be Willie Blackwell, Adrian Blackwell, Johnnie Blackwell, Joshua Milsap, Allen Wilson, William Worship, Keith Smith and Kortez Shirley.

Visitation will be from 1 until 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home, with family hour from 5 until 7 p.m.

Thomas “Bubba”

Harlow, Jr. 70

Thomas “Bubba” Harlow, Jr. 70, of New Albany, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. He was born Nov. 25, 1937, in Monroe County to Thomas Harlow and Jewel Stegall Harlow. He was married to the late Joyce Harlow.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Nettleton. Serenity Funeral Home-New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his children, Paul Patterson and his wife, Melinda of Hickory Flat, Lisa Wallace and her husband, Jim of Baldwyn and Debbie Gray and her husband, Jimmy of Nettleton; two nephews, Sidney Seely and his wife, Sylvia and Gerald Hand, II and his wife, Machell, both of Myrtle; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister, Judy Kent.

Visitation was from 3 until 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Chuck McDonald, 63

Charles “Chuck” McDonald, 63, of New Albany, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on July 10, 1944, to the late Charles Frank McDonald, Jr. and Darlene Lamorand McDonald. He was a United States Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an electrical engineer and had worked for Oil Dry Company and for Ashley Furniture. He was a member of the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in New Albany.

There will be a funeral mass on Thursday, July 10, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Jerry Daniels officiating at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in New Albany. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann McDonald of New Albany; one daughter, Annastasia Harcum and her husband, Reid of Maryland; one son, Joseph E. McDonald of Oxford; two grandchildren, Joseph Russel Harcum and Mattice A. Harcum, both of Maryland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Diane Hood, 50

Patricia “Nanny” Diane Hall Hood, 50, of Saltillo, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at her residence. She was born March 11, 1958, in New Albany to W.C. Hall and Rubeye Thompson. She was the night supervisor in the cafeteria for the Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a member of the Victory Life Center. She enjoyed going to church, Gospel singing and spending time with family and friends. She cherished every minute with her grandbabies. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for loved ones and cooking.

Services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Victory Life Center-New Albany with Rev. Raymond Bishop, Rev. Mark Bishop and Rev. Mickey Crutchfield officiating. Interment was in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her father and step-mother, W.C. and Barbara Hall of Myrtle; her mother, Rubeye Thompson of Baldwyn; her husband, Bill Hood of Saltillo; two daughters, Debra White and her husband, Randall of Saltillo and Amanda Jackson and her husband, Ronny of New Albany; three step-daughters, Melissa Box and her husband, Anthony of Mantachie, Leighanna Hood of Iuka and Destiny Moses of Rienzi; one son, Brandon Turner of Saltillo; one step-son, Wayne Hood and his wife, Keri of Saltillo; one brother, Tim Hall and his wife, Heidi of New Albany; eight grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brian Chism, Anthony Stout, Gary Speck, Danny Patterson, Justin Speck, Bill Chism and Billy Decanter.

Honorary pallbearers were Randall White, Ronny Jackson, Wayne Hood, Richard Turner, Anthony Box, Jerry Patterson and Arley Reed.

Visitation was from 5 until 9 p.m., Monday at Victory Life Church.

Gracie Mae Smith, 73

Gracie Mae Smith, 73, of Oxford, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. She was a native of Lafayette County, a homemaker and a member of Union Hill M.B. Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Union Hill Cemetery in Oxford with Rev. Walter Nash officiating. Serenity Funeral Home-Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Smith, Jr. of Oxford; two daughters, Linda Nesbit of Etta and Shelia Lewis of Abbeville; two sons, Roy Owens of Abbeville and Ivan Owens of Potts Camp; three step-daughters, Betty Smith and Joyce Smith of California and Lou Bell Owens of Kentucky; two step-sons, Earl Smith, Jr. and Sammy Louis Smith of Kentucky; three sisters, U.V. Mathis, Jessie Thompson and Alice Pegues, all of Oxford; one brother, Robert Flemmons of Oxford18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, James “Kitty” Owens and one stepson, Darrell Smith.

Visitation was from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, with family hour from 4 until 7 p.m.

Mary Floyd, 86

Mary Earlene Floyd, 86, of Pontotoc, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Community Hospice House in Verona. She was born in Etta on April 26, 1922 to the late Harvey A. and Ellie Raby Hardin. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc and a retired factory worker. She was a member of the Keenagers at her church and was a member of the Eastern Star.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Interment will be in Vista Memorial Gardens in New Albany. Mortimer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Bill Floyd of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, W.T. Hardin of New Albany; two sisters, Ruby Canerdy of New Albany and Mary Ruth Grisham of Ecru.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sergeant G.C. Floyd, Jr. and her sister, Lola Coleman.

Visitation was from 5 until 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Mildred Denton, 88

Mildred Louise Denton, 88, of Pontotoc, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Ecru. She was born in Pontotoc County on Feb. 20, 1924, to the late Rev. W.M. and Effie Shettles Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc County, a retired factory worker and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Mortimer Funeral Home in Ecru with Bro. Roger Reeder and Bro. David Barnett officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Allen Denton and his wife, Juan and David Denton and his wife, Gail, all of Ecru; brother, Jimmy Keith Brown of Manchester, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Nathan Denton, Alecia Cole, Terry Denton, Amy Bailey, Tina Derrick, Mechelle Moorman, Jonathan Coker and Chris Denton; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert W. Denton; parents, step-mother, Nora Brown; four brothers, Louis, Leland, Howard and Malcolm Brown.

Pallbearers were Nathan Denton, Terry Denton, Chris Denton, Jonathan Coker, Chris Moorman, Jacob Quarles and Ron Quarles.

Louise Barnes was an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation was from 5 until 9 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to Tupelo Cancer Center.

Lois Swords, 100

Lois Swords, 100, of New Albany, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at her residence. She was a Methodist and a homemaker.

Services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2008, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. David Barnett officiating. Interment was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Ecru was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her three daughters, Lila Swords Hiten of Langley, Okla., Willodean Swords Montaney of Wichita, Kansas and Serene Swords Thweatt of Oxford; her two sons, Roy F. Swords of Millsboro, Dele. and Luther Clark Swords of West Point; 24 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Massey and Polly Russell Massey; her husband, Hubert Franklin Swords; two daughters, Adeen Swords Browning and Sarah Swords Patrick; one son, Earnest Stanford “James” Swords; one sister, Ola Queen Swords; one brother, Hubert Massey.

Pallbearers were Gary Donour, Frank Swords, Trey Swords, Jimmy Sappington, Bobby Churchill, Graden Browning, Dural Raines and Danny Browning.

Visitation was from 5 until 9 p.m., Sunday and from noon until service time Monday.

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