James M. Clifton
James M. Clifton, 70, died Friday, March 14, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Stevenson Chapel C.M.E. Church and a veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Elizabeth Clifton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Grayson-Porter's Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary C. Gasaway of Tupelo and Cora McGaughy of Shannon; one brother, Quitman Clifton of Boston, Mass.; two special friends, Sandra Young and Nettie M. Springer, both of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews.
CLARKSDALE Donna Faye Wigington, 31, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1965, in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Riverside Baptist Church in Clarksdale with the Rev. Ernest Gordon and the Rev. Luther Price officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clarksdale. National Funeral Home of Clarksdale is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Joseph Reese Wigington of Clarksdale; her mother, Mary McKee Wigington of Clarksdale; two sisters, Tamria Rhoden of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Sandra Wilson of Rena Lara; two brothers, Michael Wigington and Denis Wigington, both of Clarksdale.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter "Red" Wigington.
ABBEVILLE Esther Redwine Sealy, 93, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at Graceland Convalescent Center in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a member of Abbeville United Methodist Church, where she was the former secretary/treasurer of the United Methodist Women for 25 years. She was the widow of T.L. Sealy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Patsy Twiner and the Rev. R. Glenn Miller officiating. Burial will be in Abbeville Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Martha S. Mitchell of Oxford, Jean S. Chapman of New Albany and Joyce S. Ritter of Memphis; one son, John R. Sealy of Abbeville; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Abbeville United Methodist Church or the Abbeville Cemetery Fund.
Cary E. Schuetz
BURNSVILLE Cary E. Schuetz, 43, died Saturday, March 15, 1997, at his home. He worked on the Advanced Space Rocket Motor program. He was a member of the American Society of Aerospace Engineers.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Grissom Chapel in Burnsville with the Rev. Dannie Keymon officiating. Burial will be in Grissom's Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, June Schuetz of Burnsville; his parents, C. Ed Schuetz and Doris M. Schuetz, both of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Victoria Rae Schuetz of San Diego; two half sisters, Doria Ann Goocher of San Diego and Christie J. Leppla of Pismo Beach, Calif.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Grissom Chapel.
SULLIGENT, Ala. Jala Smith, 96, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, in Winfield, Ala. She was born July 9, 1900, in Lamar County, Ala., to James and Cornelia Morris. She was a member of the Military Grove Church of God and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Assembly of God Church in Sulligent with Bro. Charles Flippo and Bro. Tim Riggs officiating. Burial will be in the Wofford Cemetery in Vernon, Ala. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Gladys Stanford, Blanche Pennington and Elsie Dove, all of Sulligent, and Sue Pennington of Vernon; 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Oscar Smith, and a granddaughter, Karen Duncan.
Pete Stacy Jr.
RIENZI Clarence "Pete" Stacy Jr., 55, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at the Magnolia Hospital in Corinth after a long illness. He was a parts man for Walden Motor Co. and later for Murphy's International. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Cooper and the Rev. Travis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jewel Stacy; two daughters, Vickie Lynn Sellers and her husband, Jerry, of Rienzi, and Paula Renay McCalister and her husband, Phillip, of Glen; two sons, Jimmy Ray Stacy and his wife, Cyndie, of Rienzi, and Christopher Shane Stacy of the home; two grandchildren, Tyler Scott Stacy and Autumn JaRay Stacy, both of Rienzi.
MADISON, Wis. Frazier Norman Shackelford, 81, died Friday, March 7, 1997, at the Belmont Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Nettleton to Frazier and Annie Laura Boone Shackelford. He was a retired self-employed mason. In 1941 he married Violet Normington, who died in 1967.
Graveside services were Tuesday, March 11, 1997, at Prairie Cemetery in Oregon. Booth-Gunderson Funeral Home of Oregon, Wis., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include eight children and their spouses, Norman Gale and Cissie Shackelford of Vancouver, Wash., Tom and Linda Shackelford of Oregon, Wis., Jim and Launa Shackelford of Cornelius, Ore., Roy and Rona Shackelford of Verona, Wis., Gary and Sandra Shackelford of Oregon, Wis., Jane and Brett Fink of Mount Horeb, Wis., Bob and Julie Shackelford of Berlin, Wis., and Judy and Scott Alberts of Madison, Wis.; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorene Shackelford and Evelyn Garrett, both of Tupelo, and Bettie Mae Smith of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clovis; and a sister, Louela.
SALTILLO Margaret Ann Coggins Knighton, 48, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at her home in Saltillo after a sudden illness. She was a native of Lee County and a longtime resident of Saltillo. She was an employee of Morrison's Cafeteria in Tupelo and a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery east of Saltillo.
Survivors include one daughter, Hilda Sue Burchfield of Pearl; two sons, Ricky Gene Knighton of Eugene, Ore., and David Glenn Rodgers of Eupora; her mother, Gladys Coggins of Saltillo; her father, Bill Coggins of Saltillo; one sister, Sherry Williams of Saltillo; three brothers, Tommy Coggins and Billy Coggins, both of Saltillo, and Don Coggins of Arlington, Texas; three grandchildren, Christopher Burchfield, Allison Nicole Rodgers and Matthew Tyler Rodgers.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Newcomb.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Thomas, Ed Jones, Joe Coggins, Leon Hulsey, Randy Siddall and Mike Williams.
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PONTOTOC Chanda Chyan Jordan, infant daughter of Brent and Shona Jordan, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women's Hospital in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Danny Dabbs and the Rev. Steve DeVore officiating. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Brent and Shona Jordan of Pontotoc; her grandparents, Billy Neal and Sherrye Simmons of Pontotoc, and Jerry and Charlene Jordan of Tupelo; her great-grandparents, Bennie Denton, Martin Jordan and Avis Blaylock; her god parents, Larry Ferguson and Susan Polk.
Pallbearers will be Mike Denton and Neal Denton.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors, Reggie Collums and Billy Wayne Fitzpatrick.
VINA, Ala. Chad Everett Jackson, 16, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at the Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala., as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
WALNUT William John Martindale, 91, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was a retired farmer and a member of Oakland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Oakland Baptist Church with the Rev. James Melton and the Rev. Jimmy Pulse officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Daphine Pulse of Walnut and Betty Jones of Memphis; one son, Clifton Martindale of Walnut; four sisters, Vista Booker and Pearl Ferrell, both of Walnut, and Ruby Jamieson and Eunice Jackson, both of Coldwater; nine grandchildren, Debora Russell of San Antonio, Texas, Sandra Whited of Brighton, Tenn., John Maher and Laura Jones, both of Memphis, Charlie Pulse of Olive Branch, Paula Husted of Springfield, Ill., and Teresa Wright, Zayne Martindale and Darla Martindale, all of Walnut; 10 great-grandchildren, Valerie Russell, Craig Russell, Evan Whited, Nicole Whited, Kelley Pulse, Danielle Pulse, Blake Husted, Alyssa Husted, Brian Wright and Will Wright; five stepgrandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie Alice Moore Martindale; his parents, Irving and Cora Elizabeth Shappley Martindale; one daughter, Christine Maher; a half sister, Dora Smallwood; and four brothers, Ernest Martindale, Charlie Martindale, Ed Martindale and Uyless Martindale.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
Walter T. Sorrell
CORINTH Walter T. Sorrell, 90, died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was a Baptist and a retired farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Rienzi with the Rev. Jolly officiating. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Sorrell and Walter Sorrell, both of Atlanta, Ga.; six daughters, Mary Simmons and Georgia Jumper, both of Rienzi, Annie Johnson and Fannie Bennett, both of Atlanta, Ruby Reed of Orange, N.J., and Willie Bell; one sister, Mable Conwill of Midland, Pa.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
Wilburn C. Kennedy
FULTON Wilburn C. Kennedy, 81, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at his home in Mantachie. He was the son of the late Chestin and Myrtle Harbor Kennedy. He was a Baptist, a veteran of World War II and a retired factory employee.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Charles Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in the James Creek Cemetery south of Tremont.
Survivors include his wife, Euple Kennedy of Mantachie; two sons, Norman G. Kennedy and his wife, Kathy, of Tupelo, and Gerald Kennedy and his wife, Janice, of Amory; one daughter, Pat Mattox and her husband, Jim, of Mantachie; two brothers, Webb Kennedy and Woodie Kennedy, both of Tremont; one sister, Celia Cummings of Tremont; nine grandchildren, Shawn Kennedy, Erin Kennedy, Ryan Kennedy, Elizabeth Kennedy, Brooke Kennedy, Jason Kennedy, Chris Mattox, Jon Jon Mattox and Kayla Mattox; one great-granddaughter, Bailey Kennedy.
Pallbearers will be Noel Kennedy, Harold Kennedy, Dale Kennedy, Smitty Cummings, Kendall Cummings and Tommy Poole.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON William Ralph Whitehead, 64, died Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Fulton and a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He remained active in the fraternity for many years and served on the Founding Committee that initiated the chartering of the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter at the University of Memphis. He continued his education at Rutgers University, where he studied banking and finance. After serving in the Army at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, for two years, he entered banking at the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, where he worked for many years. He was a member of Underwood United Methodist Church in Memphis, where he served on the Board of Stewards and as an assistant Scoutmaster. After retirement, he moved to Fulton to live with his aunt, the late Lily Whitehead Johnson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Don Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include three daughters, Eleanor Karen Whitehead and Elizabeth Perry, both of Memphis, and Margaret Bowers of Collierville, Tenn.; two sons, William Ralph Whitehead Jr. of Collierville and John Arthur Whitehead of Jackson; two brothers, J.C. Whitehead of Tupelo and James Marion Whitehead of Jackson, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Richard Jaudon (Don), John Griffin, Robert Blain, John William and Sarah Elizabeth Whitehead, and Jack Michael Perry II; one niece, Susan Boston of Birmingham, Ala.; three nephews, Jaudon Copeland (Don) Whitehead III of Lawrenceville, Ga., Peter Yates Whitehead, M.D., of Roanoke, Va., and James Marion Whitehead Jr. of New York City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jaudon Copeland Whitehead and Lela Toomer Whitehead; and his grandparents, Asbury Marion Lafayette and Lucretia Wigginton Cantrell Whitehead, and Will and Mary Frances Toomer.
Pallbearers will be Peter Whitehead, Don Whitehead, John Boston, Bobby Taylor, Richard Davis, Eddie Harden and Wayne Grissom.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bennie Davis, James Whitehead and Pat Davis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.