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2010 Obituaries Archive: March 15-28


WHITEVILLE: Anna Nicole Pirtle, 24, died Thursday, March 18, at Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Forth Worth, Texas. Services were Monday, March 22, 1 p.m. at Bethel University gymnasium in McKenzie with Dr. Jimmy Bedwell and Bro. James J. Smith officiating.  Burial was in Parker Cemetery in Whiteville. 
The daughter of A. W. and Brenda Taylor Pirtle of Whiteville, she worked as an ambassador for Bethel University with the Renaissance Program.  She was born December 29, 1985 in Memphis and lived all of her life in Whiteville, moving to McKenzie about five years ago.  She was a 2004 graduate of Gateway Christian School and received her BA in 2008 and her Music Business degree in 2009 from Bethel University.  Anna was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a sister and her husband, Cheryl and Steve Trainum of Bolivar; a brother and his wife, Ron and Dede Pirtle of Brandon, Mississippi; her grandmother, Bessie Pirtle Tubbs of Whiteville; three nieces and three nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
The family requests memorials be directed to the Renaissance Program, c/o Bethel University or the charity of the donor's choice.
Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar were in charge of arrangements.


MCKENZIE: Morris Calvin Pentecost, 88, died Friday, March 19, 2010 at his residence at Lakeside Retirement Community. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home in McKenzie with burial in Sunset Cemetery in Dresden.
Mr. Pentecost was born April 26, 1921 in Dresden to the late Hurley and Zela Kennedy Pentecost. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jessie Mauk Pentecost; one sister, Katie Lee Olds; and one brother, Hanford Pentecost.
Mr. Pentecost served as an Air Force Pilot in WWII. He was also a businessman and former owner of Oak Manor Nursing Home in McKenzie. He was a Rotarian, a member and deacon of First Baptist church, member of United Neighbors, a Senior Citizens founder, and a youth director of a Baptist Youth Fellowship. He was a man devoted to everyone he met and always willing to help and serve his fellow man.
Survivors include: his wife, Drunette McClland Pentecost of McKenzie; two daughters, Nancy Hardy of Elkhart, Indiana and Deborah Anderson (Henry Borchert) of McKenzie; four grandchildren, Laura Hardy (John) Noel of Zionsville, Indiana, Dane (Lindsey) Anderson of Huntingdon, Alicia Anderson of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Lauren (Derek) Fields of McKenzie; and three great-grandchildren.


NASHVILLE: Elma Lee Blaylock, 83, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at his home. Funeral services were Thursday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home in McKenzie with cremation following.
Mr. Blaylock was born June 8, 1926 in Weakley County to the late Jennings Bryant and Ruby Walker Blaylock. He was a retired machinist and WW II veteran. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra Blaylock; one brother, Glen "Shorty" Blaylock; and one grandchild, Michael Hannah.
Survivors include: his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Crutchfield Blaylock of Nashville; one son, Joe (Carolyn Irene) Blaylock of Joelton; one sister, Betty J. (Waymon) Reagan of Union City; four grandchildren, Scott Blaylock, Charles (Vickie) Highers, Lisa (Chris) Page and Brenda Halpin; and three great-grandchildren, Tristin and Isiah Page and Natasha Halpin.


PARIS: Theda Jane Lemonds Brown, 77, died Thursday, March 11, at Oak Manor Nursing Home in McKenzie. Funeral services were Saturday, March 20, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Dr. Gary S. Collier officiating. Burial followed in Walker Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown was born April 21, 1932 in Benton County to the late George Livingston Lemonds and Dorothy Evans Lemonds. She formerly worked as a sitter with sick, CNA at Paris Manor Nursing Home, Holley Carburetor Plant and Jim Adams IGA. She was a member of the Paris Community of Christ Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy Brinkley and Belinda Clayton; one son, Danny Brinkley; seven brothers, Milburn Lemonds, James B. Lemonds, Joel Lemonds, Morris Lemonds, George Lee Lemonds, Johnny Lemonds, Darryl Lemonds; and one grandchild, Johnny Clayton.
Survivors include: three daughters, Gail McFarland, Tina (Gary) Flood and Angie Luther, all of Paris; two sons, Terry Smothers of McKenzie and Timmy Smothers of Paris; four sisters, Madeline Collier, Linda (Billy) Nance, Sarah (Norman) Lane and Wanda (Billy) England, all of Paris; three brothers, Robert (Barbara) Lemonds, Freddie (Georgia) Lemonds and Tildon (Margaret) Lemonds, all of Paris; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


BRUCETON: Ernestine White, 84, died Thursday, March 18, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City. Graveside services were Friday, March 19, at Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock with Bro. James S. Daniel officiating.
Ms. White was born November 11, 1925 in Bruceton to the late Ernest Leon White and Mildred Hawkins Williams White. She was a retired production employee of Milan Arsenal. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth White.
Bruceton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

EDWARD J. "ED" OWENS, 1926-2010

PARIS: Edward J. "Ed" Owens, 84, died Thursday, March 18, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Funeral services were Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home in Paris with Johnny Wall officiating. Burial followed in New Bethel Cemetery in Henry.
Mr. Owens was born March 17, 1926 in Greenfield to the late Alpha Owens and Etta Richmond Owens. He was a U.S. WW II Navy veteran and member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Henry. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and two grandsons.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Holland Owens of Paris; two daughters, Gloria (Jerry) Muzzall of Henry and Rose Owens of Nashville; three sons, James Edward (Sharon) Owens of Greenville, South Carolina, Roger (Peggy) Owens and Robert Owens, both of Henry; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


MCKENZIE: Willie Mae Haynes, 79, died Wednesday, March 17, at Forest Cove Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were Monday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in McKenzie with Rev. Thomas Taylor officiating. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery in Huntingdon.
Mrs. Haynes was born November 8, 1930 in Carroll County to the late Ellis and Mary (Bell) Scott. She was a graduate of Webb High School, homemaker, and member of Olivet Missionary Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Lila Haynes; and one brother, William Scott.
Survivors include: two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


MCLEMORESVILLE: James Rance White, 67, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at Regional Hospital in Jackson. Funeral services were Friday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at McLemoresville United Methodist Church with Bro. Don Williams officiating. Burial followed in McLemoresville Cemetery.
Mr. White was born April 28, 1942 in Carroll County. He was a member of the McLemoresville United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lona White.
Survivors include: his wife, Brenda White; one daughter, Denise (Brian) Lankford of Huntingdon; and one granddaughter.


PARSONS: Imogene Smith Hamlin, 101, formerly of Buena Vista, died  Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Decatur County Manor. Funeral services were Friday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Dilday - Carter Funeral Home with Rev. Patricia Harper officiating. Burial followed in McAuley Cemetery.
Mrs. Hamlin was born January 28, 1909 in Buena Vista to the late William Tyler Smith and Modie (Greene) Smith. She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Hamlin.
Survivors include: one brother, Gerald (Betty) Smith, of Parsons and a host of nieces and nephews.


MCKENZIE: Paul Leslie Chandler, 65, died Friday, March 19, at his home.
Mr. Chandler was born August 12, 1944 in McKenzie to the late Willis Ruben Chandler and Grace (Huggins) Chandler. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Fuller; and one brother, Willis Ruben Chandler, Jr.
Survivors include: one son, David Chandler; and two daughters, Anna Bush of Cottage Grove and Carol Vermillion of McKenzie.
Dilday-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


MCKENZIE: Jerome David Tucker, 41, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at Jackson General Hospital. Funeral services were Friday, March 12, 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie with burial in Caledonia Cemetery.
Mr. Tucker  was born January 11, 1969. He was a former employee of Charter Communications and was also a 1987 Graduate of McKenzie High School. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry D. Tucker.
Survivors include: his mother, Martha Ann Zientarski Tucker Davenport; one daughter, Kayla Tucker of McKenzie; one son, Kyle Tucker of Greenfield; five sisters, Sue Tucker (Junior) Bratton of Mansfield, Diane (Jerry) Colley of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kathy (Ricky) Griffin of McKenzie, Pam (Ricky) Reeves of Clarksburg, and Patty Davis of McKenzie; and four brothers, Marty (Rheda)Tucker of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Steven (Leesa) Tucker  and Dan (Kim) Tucker, both of Bolingbrook, Illinois and Chuck (Patrice) Tucker of Plantation, Florida.


MCKENZIE: Nellie Marie Keener, 84, died Sunday, March 14, 2010 at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services are Wednesday, March 17, 11 a.m.  at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie with burial in Shiloh Cemetery.
Mrs. Keener was born January 16, 1926 to the late Thad and Hallie Hudson Reynolds. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, McKenzie and a retired cook for Bethel College. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Keener; one daughter, Nelda Moore; one grandson and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include: two daughters, Lenora (Sid) Mayo of Big Sandy and Anita (Raymond) Hollis of McKenzie; eight grandchildren, Terry Moore, Barry Moore, James Moore, Helen Moore, Kim Cook, April Stone, Laura Reamer and Charles Tanner; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.

ROY ROSS, 1948-2010

MCKENZIE: Roy Ross, 61, died Friday, March 12, 2010 at McKenzie Regional Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m. at Brummitt Funeral Home, McKenzie with burial in Mt Olivet Cemetery.
Mr. Ross was born October 29, 1948 to the late James Paul and Mary Elizabeth Webb Ross. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, McKenzie. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Ross and Dale Ross.
Survivors include: his wife, Kathy Morris Ross of McKenzie; one son, Ryan Ross of Nashville; four sisters, Betty (Dennis) Ridley of McKenzie, Ann Hill of Union City, Debbie (Billy) Wilkes of McKenzie and Shelia Bynum of Union City; and four brothers, Charles (Janice) Ross of McKenzie, Tony (Anita) Ross of Union City, Darrell (Debra) Ross of McKenzie, and Robert (Anita) Ross of McKenzie.


HUNTINGDON: James Russell Young, 90, died Monday, February 8, 2010 at Martin Volunteer Hospital after a long fight with COPD. Graveside memorial services were Friday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Methodist Cemetery in Lexington with Full Military Honors.
Mr. Young was born November 29, 1919 to the late Charlie Taylor Young of Arkansas and Climie Duke Young of California in Water Valley, Mississippi. He went to San Diego, California and joined the Navy during WWII and was wounded in action while on Guam. He later joined the Coast Guard Merchant Marines and traveled around the world until 1968. In 1969, he had his right leg amputated from WWII wounds. He came home to Huntingdon and started a lawn mowing business, which he ran until he was in his late 70's.
Survivors include: his wife, Jerri Melton Young; two sons, Tim (Vickie Coleman) McCoy of Huntingdon and Buddy Young of California; four sisters, Hazel Love, Coleen Valander, Robbie Garbin of California, and Nita Tepfer of Greenwood, Arkansas; and three grandchildren.
Pafford Funeral Home of Lexington was in charge of arrangements.


BRUCETON: Imogene Hubanks, 84, died Friday, March 12, 2010 at Life Care Center of Bruceton. Funeral services were Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Russellville Memorial Gardens with Bro. Mike Humble officiating. Burial followed in Russellville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hubanks was born April 7, 1925 in Cadiz, Kentucky to Henry Guy Porter Hall and Nellie Grace (Gray) Hall. She was a sales associate, member of Ducks Unlimited and attended First Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Charles Hubanks.
Survivors include: one daughter, Lori Jean (Terry) Bennett of Yuma; two step-granddaughters; one step-grandson; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Sanders Funeral Home of Russellville, Kentucky was in charge of arrangements.

KATIE P. ESSARY, 1925-2010

GREENFIELD: Katie P. Essary, 84, died Saturday, March 13. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 16, 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Greenfield with Brent Arnold and Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Hopewell Cemetery in Lavinia.
Mrs. Essary was born April 6, 1925 in Greenfield to the late William Hill and Ovie Sharp. She worked for Callins Industries and Baby Shoe Company and was a member of Greenfield Church of Christ.
Survivors include: three daughters, Janice Bills of Greenfield, Joyce Grissom of Gleason and Marilyn Martin of Demopolis, Alabama; and one sister, Ivie Morris of Oregon.

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