Sarah Bailey, Ecru
Ernestine Ballard, Fulton
Doug Carroll, Smithville
Mary Diggs, Amory
Florence Hester, West Point
Harvey Holloway, Holly Springs
Florence Isbell, Cave Spring, Ga.
John Jones, Saltillo
Syble Lockridge, Gainesville, Fla.
Judge Mayo, Red Bay, Ala.
Barbara Nelson, Lexa, Ark.
Kenneth Nicholson Sr., Okolona
Dick O'Keefe, Auburn
James Porterfield, Walnut
Sarah Ragin, Baldwyn
Jimmy Rast, Iuka
Lloyd Ray, Eupora
Glen Robbins, Myrtle
Dr. William Stone, Fort Worth, Texas
Rev. George Townsend, Shannon
Rannie Vaughn, Pontotoc
Kitty Wells, Amory
Thelma Whitt, Holly Springs
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Rev. George Townsend
SHANNON - The Rev. George Alvis Townsend, 79, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at his daughter's home. He was born Feb. 5, 1928, to the late Alfred Townsend and Rozellia Benson. He was a member of Prairie Mount United Methodist Church. He was Sunday school superintendent, a trustee, chairman of the PPR Committee and a steward. He retired from Day-Brite Lighting. He was a avid and a people person, and enjoyed cooking.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Prairie Mount United Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Conway officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Williams Townsend of Shannon; his father-in-law, Bill Williams of Shannon; seven daughters, Mary Berry (Rush) and Faye Love (James), both of Pontotoc, Gloria Townsend, Martha King and Sandra Lynn Townsend, all of Shannon, Brenda Gatewood (Wallace) of Byhalia, and Lorann Dorrough (James) of Calhoun City; four sons, James Townsend, George Townsend Jr., Robert Ed Townsend (Joyce) and Vinson Townsend, all of Shannon; three sisters, Derice Lambert (Jeff) and Virginia Hunt, both of Tupelo, and Earnestine Brown of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 28 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Jean Hunter and Earline Foote; and one brother, Wardell Cooper.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today, and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
WEST POINT - Florence Coburn Hester, 98, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at The Arrington in Columbus. She was born April 18, 1908, in West Point to the late Alice Mae Charlwood and Maurice John Coburn. She was a bookkeeper for the Diamond Shop and a member of the First Christian Church. She married William Smith Hester on Feb. 8, 1928, in West Point; he preceded her in death on March 23, 1994.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Russell Flood officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one sister, Jean Minyard of Starkville; nieces, Crickett Campbell, Donna Minyard, Roxana Minyard, Lucille South, Mrs. Harry Rodgers and Mary Jane Smith; nephews, Richard South, Harry Rodgers, Jeffery Rodgers, Tim Campbell, Dana Minyard and Hester Smith; special friends, Betty and Leslie Campbell and children.
Pallbearers will be Mike Smith, Tim Campbell, Harry Rodgers Jr., Jeffrey Rodgers, Dana Minyard and Andy Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hester Smith and family; Theo Doss and family; Richard Echols and family; Mark Randall, Van Williams, Gene Campbell, Bill Barrett, Dr. A.K. Naugle, Andy Naugle, Bud Hancock, Ed Bryan, Tommy Bryan, Knowles Charlwood, Charlie Cliett, Dr. T.N. Braddock; and members of First Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701; First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101.
AUBURN - Richard "Dick" O'Keefe, 70, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 26, 1936, in Nova Scotia, Province of Canada. He was a retired riverboat pilot and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoyed feeding the fish and livestock, and watching T.V. movies.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Veterans Garden at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery with Father Henry Shelton officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, George O'Keefe of Corinth and Tony O'Keefe (Pam) of Ohio; one sister, Susan O'Keefe; his friends, Michael Kingsley (Charlotte), Royce Wood (Mavis), Ted Wood, Monty Woolvern and Billy Curl.
He was preceded in death by his friends, Bobby Kingsley and Marlin Kingsley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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HOLLY SPRINGS - Thelma Mae Whitt, 86, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Trinity Missions Health and Rehab. She was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Malvern, Ark., to J.W. and Florence Calvert Landreth. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Ark. Bro. Virgil Scherff will officiate. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Billy Whitt of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Sherry Osteen of Holly Springs; one sister, Billie Landreth of Malvern, Ark.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
WALNUT - James Edward Porterfield, 46, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Before becoming disabled, he worked in the maintenance department of Biltrite Corporation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Souls Harbor Apostolic Church in Walnut with Bro. Jesse Cutrert officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Sides Porterfield of Walnut; one daughter, Madison Faith Porterfield of Walnut; three sons, James Michael Porterfield of Ripley, Jeremy Michael Porterfield of Dumas and Bradley Keith Porterfield of Walnut; his mother, Gurline Meeks Porterfield; one sister, Shirleen Goodson (John) of Walnut; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth B. Porterfield.
Pallbearers will be Alex Balderas, Andy Bell, Jeremy Porterfield, Tony Daginstino, Kenny Chessor and Frank McConnell.
Honorary pallbearers will be R.L. Mathis, Mack Johnson, Robert Hopkins and Jimmy Witt.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
AMORY - Katheryn "Kitty" Austin Wells, 82, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at her home after a long illness. She was born Jan. 24, 1925, in McNairy County, Tenn., to the late Louis Harvey and Eula Mae McAlpin Austin. She lived in Memphis, Vicksburg, New Orleans, Fort Smith, Ark., Union City, Tenn., and in Amory since 1966. She married James Reed "Jim" Wells in 1943; he died in 1995. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Amory. She enjoyed reading and cooking. Her favorite passage of scripture was John 14.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at the East View Cemetery in Union City, Tenn., with the Rev. Jerry Massey officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Dave Wells (Janice) of Olive Branch and Terry Wells (Susan) of Memphis; three daughters, Linda Stump of Byhalia, and Glenda Curle and Beth Walker (Rick), both of Amory; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, T.M., W.W. "Doc," Theron and Ralph C. Austin; a sister, Gracie Marie Tanner; a daughter, Kathy Diane Wells; and a son-in-law, Benny Stump.
Pallbearers will be Gene Curle, Mark Wells, Alan Stump, Kevin Stump, Scott Walker and Roy Taylor.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
EUPORA - Lloyd Ray, 66, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. He was born Jan. 11, 1941, in Choctaw County. He was a former Justice of the Peace for Webster County. He was an automotive mechanic and a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church at Mathiston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Willie Weddle officiating. Burial will be in Wood Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Melessa Dunagin of Dallas, Texas, Melinda Ray of Maben and Samantha Ray of Corinth; four sons, Michael Lloyd Ray of Albuquerque, N.M., Chris Ray of Eupora, and Lloyd Ray Jr. and Joe Ray, both of Corinth; two stepsons, Michael Swindoll of Corinth and Daniel Swindoll of Cherokee, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
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ECRU - Sarah Lee Hardy Bailey, 89, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc County. She worked for the Irwin B. Schwabe Co. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and raising flowers, and she loved her family and doing for them.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. James Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include three children, Robert and Ann Bailey, James Frank and Phyllis Bailey, and Sarah and David Nolen, all of Ecru; nine grandchildren, Kim Lorick, Brad Bailey, Scott Bailey, Jon Bailey, Chris Nolen, Keith Cobb, Kevin Cobb, Amber Bailey and Corey Bailey; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Hardy (Lucy) of White Ford, Md.; four sisters, Virgina Gryzbowski of Fisherville, Va., Peggy (Albert) Rodgers of Victoria, and Martha (James) Little and Edna Harris, both of Pontotoc; special cousins, Dorothy and Mary Ann; special caregivers, Charlotte, Lucy and her daughter-in-law, Ann.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Bailey; four brothers, including two infants; three sisters; and her parents, Tom and Dollie Ball Hardy.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brad, Scott and Jon Bailey, Chris Nolen, Keith and Kevin Cobb, and Danny and Matt Lorick.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
IUKA - James F. "Jimmy" Rast, 70, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at his home. He enjoyed deer hunting, running his Beagles, being at home and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Perry Murphy and Bro. Herman Clark officiating. Burial will be in Rutledge-Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Rast of Iuka; one son, Marco Rast of Iuka; one daughter, Menyonne Moss of Iuka; one brother, Monroe Rast (Dianne) of Iuka; two grandchildren, Jason Taylor and Abby Moss; two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Molly Taylor; two nieces, Michelle Pounders (Roger) and Melissa Pounders (Tim), all of Iuka;
He was preceded in death by a son, James Jerome Rast, and his parents, Clarence and Alfa Mae Rast.
Pallbearers will be Chris Clark, Roger Pounders, Tim Pounders, Junior Stockwell, Jason Taylor and Jimmy Don Whitfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SMITHVILLE - James Douglas "Doug" Carroll, 76, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
LEXA, Ark. - Barbara Lambert Nelson, 59, died Friday, March 16, 2007.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Toni Dykes officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Nelson of Lexa, Ark.; her mother, Margaret E. Lambert of Iuka; three children, Brandy Powers of Glen, Jimmy Nelson of Star and Rodger Cleveland of Tishomingo; two brothers, Eddie C. Lambert of Corinth and James Lambert of Iuka; three sisters, Mary Pierce, Johnnie Croft and Vicki Southward, all of Iuka; six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, John H. Lambert; an infant son, John Alan Lambert; two brothers, Ralph Lambert and John H. Lambert Jr.; and a sister, Janie Brown.
Florence M. Isbell
CAVE SPRING, Ga. - Florence Dora Massengill "Mama Flo" Isbell, 88, died Friday, March 23, 2007, in a hospital in Rome, Ga. She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Enterprise to the late Julius Pack Massengill and the late Mattie Nelson Massengill. She was a graduate of the Mississippi School for the Deaf and was associated with the school for 36 years before her retirement. She was a member of the Mississippi Association of the Deaf and a former member of the National Association of the Deaf. She lived in Cave Spring for the past 16 years. She was a member of the Cave Spring United Methodist Church. She attended the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring. She was a member of the Keen Agers. She married Carl M. Isbell Sr. on May 31, 1938; he preceded her in death on June 14, 1955.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Cave Spring with the Rev. Carter Bearden, the Rev. John Moates, the Rev. John McDonald and Allen Crowe officiating. John House's Cave Spring Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Doris McDonald Crowe (Allen) of Cave Spring; one son, Carl M. Isbell Jr. (Bonnie) of Oxford; one sister, Winnie Hailes of Purlington; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Museum of the Deaf at the Mississippi School for the Deaf.
AMORY - Mary Elease Diggs died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Monroe County to the late Peter and Annie Howell. She joined Athens United Methodist Church at an early age. She was a member of United Methodist Women, Eastern Star and Good Samaritan Society, and a Sunday school teacher. She was active in the Athens Sewing Center, softball games for the youth, political rallies, and sponsoring foreign exchange students from Russia and England.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Peters United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Burns Memorial Cemetery in Aberdeen. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Standifer and Bettie Johns of Aberdeen; two sons, Willie Diggs of West Point and Eddie Diggs of Aberdeen; two stepdaughters, Mary Buckingham of Aberdeen and Doris Gilleylen of Amory; a special granddaughter, Anne Nails of Dorsey; a special great-granddaughter, Jessica Dunlap of Cleveland; one sister, Delsia Ann Dobbs of Aberdeen; 22 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie D. Diggs; three sons, Murphy Lee, Curtis and Henry Louis Diggs; and a grandson, Jimmy Ray Diggs.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
HOLLY SPRINGS - Harvey Eugene Holloway died Friday, March 15, 2007, in Lamar. He was born July 2, 1978, in Aurora, Ill., to Jualdine Holloway and Charles Hamilton Boxley. He was a member of Royston Chapel Church in Ashland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Strawberry M.B. Church. Burial will be in Royston Chapel Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Belinda Judge Holloway of Holly Springs; his mother, Jualdine Hudson (David) of Holly Springs; his father, Harvey Strickland (Roberta) of Ashland; two stepchildren, Tyshika and Hakeen Judge of Holly Springs; six sisters, Charlotte Boyd (Terell), LaTasha Holloway, Tracie Bell (David), Panatia Evans, Asanta Finley (Andre), Crystal Boxley; two brothers, Christopher Holloway and Kelvin Holloway; grandparents, Renell Holloway and Cora M. Boxley; three stepbrothers, Jerry Strickland, Shawn Hudson and Kelvin Strickland; two stepsisters, Katherine William and Luvenia Terry; his stepmother, Lizze Strickland; his mother-in-law, Laura Judge; three sisters-in-law, eight brothers-in-law; two play sisters, Tiffany Snell and LaTanza Harris; special friends, DeVora Kimmons, LaVora, Jenevia Williams, Arquatez Kimmons; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles H. Boxley; a brother, Charles Boxley Jr.; two grandfathers, Louis Holloway and Aurther L. Boxley; and an aunt, Mable Mayfield.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Dr. William E. Stone
FORT WORTH - Dr. William E. Stone, 65, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. He was a native of Fulton, born March 27, 1940. He was pastor of Carter Temple CME Church in Dallas, Texas.
Services will be at noon today at Carter Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh CME Church in Fulton. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Gregory Spencer Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hattie Durden Stone; four children, Shantilata Stone, William E. "Pete" Stone II, Phillip Stone (Christy) and John Damon Stone; four brothers, Isom Stone (Cora), Thomas Stone (Gwen), Bishop Carvin Stone (Virginia) and Joe Errol Stone; two sisters, Nancy Wilson (Haywood) and Edna Earl Jones; two grandchildren, Yolanda Parker and Noah Stone.
Local visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh CME Church.
MYRTLE - Glen Robbins, 77, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
SALTILLO - John Wootson Jones, 90, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at The Gregory House at The Green Houses At Traceway after an extended illness. A Saltillo native and lifelong resident, he was born Feb. 17, 1917, to the late J. Wootson and Maude Roper Jones. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1941 to 1945. He was involved in the campaignes of the South Pacific and also New Guinea and Luzon, Philippines. Before the war, he had worked for The Peoples Bank and Trust Company. He was co-owner of the family business, Jones Brothers Hardware in Saltillo, for many years. He was a former member of the Saltillo Town Board, School Board and Civitan Club. He was a faithful member of Saltillo First United Methodist Church, where he held several offices, the last being church treasurer.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Green and the Rev. Raymond Rooney officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nadine Simmons Jones of Saltillo; one son, William T. "Bill" Jones; two grandchildren, Andrew W. Jones and Katie E. Jones, all of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Blanche R. Caviness (Charles) and Ethel McCullar (Leon); and a brother, Herman E. Jones (Adeline); several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Coggins, Max Stephens, Tom Smith, W.L. Freeman, Ronnie Dunaway, Billy Irwin, Bill Long and Bill Gammill.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adeline Jones Sunday School Class; and the doctors, nurses and Shahbazim at the Gregory Greenhouse.
Memorials may be made to Saltillo First United Methodist Church, 735 Old Highway 45, Saltillo, MS 38869; the Gregory Greenhouse, 2800 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38801; or a favorite charity.
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RED BAY, Ala. - Judge H. Mayo, 84, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Guin, Ala., to Brack and Maggie Dill Mayo. He served as a pumpman in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was retired from LTV Steel Co. after 29 years. He was a member of the VFW and the United Steelworkers of America. He worshipped at the Cornerstone Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Jerry Glenn officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Carlton Moore (Becky) of Decatur, Ala., Kelly Moore (Sally) of Red Bay, and Jerry Mayo of Indiana; his grandchildren, Michelle Woodall (Jimmy) of Nashville, Tenn., Heather Moore of Greensboro, N.C., Shanna Ozbirn (Stewart) of Red Bay, and Jerry Mayo Jr., Jacob Mayo and Caydee Mayo, all of Indiana; great-grandchildren, Keylee Moore and Kyndell Ozbirn, both of Red Bay, and Warren Woodall of Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Magdelene Moore Mayor; four brothers, John Mayo, James Mayo, Raymond Mayo and Neil Mayo; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC - Rannie Lee Vaughn, 76, died Monday, March 19, 2007, at the Pontotoc Hospital. She was a native of Pontotoc. She was a member of Cherry Creek M.B. Church and a member of the Mothers Board. She was a retired custodian for Pontotoc Hospital. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and singing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cherry Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Leslie Mabry officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Pegues and Denise Townsend (Curtis) of Pontotoc; one son, Michael Vaughn (Rheakesha) of Pontotoc; one sister, Maggie Caldwell (Calvin) of Racine, Wis.; one brother, Gilbert Roberson of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Vaughn, and a son, Buck Vaughn.
FULTON - Ernestine Ballard, 68, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Syble Lockridge died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the Shands Hospital at the University of Florida after a brief illness. She was formerly of Itawamba County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson's Funeral Home of Corinth.
BALDWYN - Sarah Ragin died Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
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OKOLONA - Kenneth Wade Nicholson Sr., 66, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 4, 1941, in Monroe County to the late Robert Clay Nicholson and Pauline Scruggs Nicholson. He retired as superintendent of the Okolona Electric Department after 26 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona. He was a Master Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. An avid conversationalist, he enjoyed socializing with his friends, playing dominoes, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Okolona with Dr. David Eldridge and Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ann Cox Nicholson, whom he married July 15, 1961; two sons, Wade Nicholson of Okolona and Jon Nicholson (Kim) of Saltillo; one daughter, Mona Christian of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jona, Hollie-Beth and Dawson Nicholson, and Madison Christian; his stepfather, Wilburn Russell of Jackson, Tenn.; two sisters, Jewel Sullivan (Dan) of Okolona and Kathy Hicks of Amory; one brother, Robert Nicholson of Okolona; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Danny and Scott Sullivan, Dee Bowling, and Jeffrey, Eric and Jim Jaggers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Moore, Devan Hanna, Dickie Wise, Dalton Christian, Jack Earnest, Ricky Blizzard, Dan Reed, Dub Collums, Jack Gregory, and the former and present employees of the Okolona Electric Department.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
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