Paula Crow Williams
Paula Elizabeth Crow Williams, 30, died Feb. 24 at University Hospital in Jackson.
Services were Feb. 28 at Rosemont Gardens Funeral Home chapel with burial in Rosemont Gardens Cemetery. Rosemont Gardens Funeral Home in Jackson handled arrangements.
Mrs. Williams was a native of Jackson and a lifelong resident of Brandon.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Scott Williams; parents, Leslie Don Crow of Clinton and Edna Crow of Brandon; brother, Don Wayne Crow of Brandon; and sister, Donna Louise Crow of Atlanta, Ga.
Michele Christine Pitts
Michele Christine Pitts, 32, died Feb. 24 at her home.
Services were at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Mendenhall with burial in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
She attended Macedonia Baptist Church in Mendenhall and First Baptist Church of Braxton. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Peggy Roberts, and her grandparents, Maryann and J.B. Pitts.
Survivors include her parents, James M. "Mike" and Delorse "Lori" Roberts Pitts of Mendenhall; brother, Michael Pitts of Richland; grandfather, W.A. Roberts of Mendenhall; niece, Kellie Robertson of Clinton; fiance, Joel Knight of Braxton; and stepdaughter, Kaitlin Knight of Braxton.
Boyd Rudell Ivy, 80, a retired truck driver for Wonder Bread, died Feb. 24 at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale.
Services were Feb. 26 at National Funeral Home in Clarksdale with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Bruce.
A native of Bruce, Mr. Ivy was a retired truck driver for Wonder Bread where he worked for 32 years. He was a member of Lyon Baptist Church and a member of VFW No. 3936. He served his country in World War II in the U. S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dina Ivy, and his first wife, Dorothy White Ivy.
Mr. Ivy is survived by his wife, Ruth Stribling McClure Ivy of Clarksdale; sons, Danny R. Ivy and wife Debbie of Clinton; and Gary Ivy and wife Candy of Clarksdale; stepdaughter, Beverly Barrentine and husband Paul of Green wood; stepson, Allen McClure and wife Susan of Clarksdale; granddaughter, Maggie Sheeks; step-grandchildren Brent Barrentine, Jennifer Mystratti and Megan McClure; great- granddaughter, Coden Elise Sheeks.
The family requests that memorials be made to Oakhurst Baptist Church, or donor's choice.
Ida Lee Windham
Ida Lee Blakely Windham, 97, died Feb. 22 at her home in Grenada County.
Funeral services were at National Funeral Home with burial in Red Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Hope of Abbeville and the Rev. Albert Britt of Duck Hill officiating.
Mrs. Windham was a homemaker. She always wanted to be a writer, but the responsibilities of raising a family of eight children required most of her time. In her few private moments, she was able to write poetry. She was also blessed with musical ability and she has composed songs. She also developed different art works and paintings for her home and her family. These family members have enjoyed and cherished each of these gifts of love.
Many years before "yard art" was fashionable, she took items that others would have thrown away and made beautiful objects or sculptures. These items were placed throughout her home and in her yard. She entered many of her "items" in the Grenada County Fair and won many first-, second- and third-place ribbons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otho Windham; two sons, Vernon Windham and Paul Windham, and a daughter, Azileen Rayburn.
She is survived by two sisters, Ethel Taylor of Vaiden and Hattie Rose Biggers of Duck Hill; three sons, Dudley Windham and wife Bertha of Grenada, Bill Windham and wife Ethel of Southaven, and James Windham of Grenada; two daughters, Barbara Nail and husband Lamar of Clinton, and Virginia Sue Dogan and husband Harold of Grenada; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was known for her sense of humor and love of family. She was living proof that "you are only as old as you feel" and she taught her family and friends what it means to "really" fulfill your dreams.
Jay Harold Dotson
Jay Harold Dotson of Clinton, died Feb. 20 on his 94th birthday at Central Mississippi Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Feb. 23 in the old sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Clinton. Burial followed in Lakewood Memorial Park. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dotson was born Feb. 20, 1911, the son of the late Roland B. Dotson and Julia Ann Dotson in Pike County, Ky. He graduated from Pikeville Academy, Pikeville Junior College and the University of Kentucky with a chemistry degree in 1935.
After college, Mr. Dotson began a career teaching. He accepted a position teaching chemistry, Algebra I and II, Plane and solid geometry at Belfry High School in 1936. He also served as assistant principal until 1943. While teaching he met his wife, the former Joyce Rutherford. After she graduated from school, they married. In 1943, Mr. Dotson accepted a position at Stone, Kentucky Graded School as principal.
During World War II, Mr. Dotson was told by the Draft Board that he must get a defense job. He began working in January 1945 at Ashland Oil Refinery, where he served as a chemist. Mr. Dotson spent the next 31 years with Ashland, retiring in February 1976 as the chief chemist of the Quality Control Lab. During his tenure at Ashland, he was instrumental in the development of Valvoline Motor Oil.
After retirement, Mr. Dotson returned to teaching. He accepted a position with Berea College, in Berea, Ky., teaching lapidary and silversmithing in the Students' Craft Industries. For three years he taught students to make jewelry.
In September 1979, Mr. Dotson moved to Clinton. A member of First Baptist Church, he was an active participant in Sunday school, the Joymakers' Choir and Forever Young. He enjoyed teaching Sunday school, most recently teaching 3 year olds up into his late 80s.
Mr. Dotson was known as "Mr. Fix-It" by his family and had the ability to fix anything brought to him by his family and friends. A skilled carpenter, he enjoyed making wooden games for his grandchildren or repairing a chair for his family. An avid University of Kentucky basketball fan, he was always proud to be a Wildcat. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, a proud father, a cherished grandfather and great-grandfather, and a caring teacher.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rebecca Leigh Powell.
Survivors Include: his wife of 65 years, Joyce Rutherford Dotson; daughter, Barbara Parks and husband Dean of Clinton; daughter, Sharon Calhoun and husband Mike of Richmond, Ky.; daughter, Lynne Powell and husband Chuck of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Peggy Lee and husband Steve of Clinton; grandson, David Parks and wife Rebekah of Clinton; granddaughter, Kayce Maddux and husband Brett of Birmingham, Ala.; grandson, Kevin Calhoun and wife Alison of Lexington, Ky.; granddaughter, Kristen Lilge and husband Marc of Alpharetta, Ga.; granddaughter, Karen Fardo and husband David of Boston, Mass.; grandson, Chas Powell Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson, Brian Powell of Jacksonville, Fla., and six great-grandchildren.
Because of Mr. Dotson's love of teaching children, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gore Sculpture Fund at First Baptist Church in Clinton.
Gail W. Eley
Gail W. Eley of Portland, Ind., 96, died Feb. 20.
Services were Feb. 23 at the Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home in Portland, with burial in Salamonia Cemetery in Salamonia, Ind.
Mr. Eley was born June 13, 1908. He attended Purdue University where he received his training in civil engineering. He was married May 19, 1934 to Ardith Smiley and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
He was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was a regional irrigation engineer at the Soil Conservation Service in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While on assignment in Maine, he helped design and construct the first self-leveling potato digger.
In 1965, he received a National Superior Service Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented by Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman in Washington, D.C.
After retirement, he returned to Jay County. He was certified as a master watchmaker by the American Watchmaker Institute and did trade work for local jewelry stores.
He is survived by wife, Ardith Smiley; son, Richard G. Eley of Clinton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to the Asbury United Methodist Church Endowment Fund.
Jabez Foster Bledsoe
Jabez Foster "Speedy" Bledsoe of Jackson, 84, longtime Jackson businessman, died Feb. 22 at Chadwick Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson.
Funeral services were Feb. 25 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home chapel. Interment was at Lakewood Memorial Park South.
A native of Louisville, "Speedy" founded Magnolia Electric Co. in Jackson. Known as "the fat, good-looking electrician," he operated the company for over a half a century. As a master licensed electrician, he mentored many young men in the electrical business, who went on to support their families in businesses of their own.
Mr. Bledsoe was greeted in Heaven by his wife of over 40 years, Marjorie Celeste May "Margie May" Bledsoe.
He leaves his legacy in the family he cherished: a son, Dennis Bledsoe of Clinton; four daughters, Charlotte Evans of Canton, Nancie Marsalis of San Francisco, Cynthia Caver of Collierville, Tenn., and Jeanette Young of Raymond; eight grandchildren, Scarlett, Kirsten, Darth, Clint, Gabriel, Meridith, Andrea and Nikki; and four great-grandchildren, Julian, Dalayna, Kaleigh and Hannah. He is also survived by brothers, James and Kenneth Bledsoe, and sisters, Imogene Gambrell and Miriam Travis.
Mr. Bledsoe was extremely proud that he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, both domestically and in combat abroad. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and the Leavell Woods Masonic Lodge of Freemasons.
Serving as pallbearers were Richard "Dick" Withers, Austin Whittington, Eddie Harrison, Jan Powell, Warren Davis and John Evans.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, Miss. 39211.
Udean Johnson Phipps
Udean Johnson Phipps, 83, passed peacefully at Trinity Mission of Clinton Feb. 24.
Funeral services were Feb. 26 at Baldwin-Lee Chapel in Jackson with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Phipps, who retired from W. T. Grant Co., was a devoted mother and "Memaw," who always enjoyed having her family around her. She also shared her love with a number of babies awaiting adoption from the Mississippi Children's Home Society by caring for them while they were transitioning from the Children's Home to their new families.
For over 25 years, Mrs. Phipps was an active member of Asbury Congregational Methodist Church in Jackson. She was currently a member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Bolton. Memaw is remembered with great affection for her candied sweet potatoes, creamed corn and warm banana pudding at her family Sunday dinners. She was loved by those whose lives she touched in so many ways.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Gene Phipps.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Dean Phipps of Clinton and Bettie Carl and her husband Fred of Tyler, Texas. Survivors also include granddaughter, Anna Carl Hughes and her husband Brad and their daughter Erin of Friendswood, Texas., as well as granddaughter Julie Carl Henry and her husband Donny of Round Rock, Texas. Grandson, Brian Carl of Tyler currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Her survivors also include her children of her heart: Sandra and Robert Austin, Raymond, son, Joey Austin, his wife Bonnie and their daughter Anabelle of New Orleans, La.; son, Andrew Austin, a student at University of Notre Dame; Mitchell "Mick" and Marie Moorehead, Madison; son, Larry Moorehead, his wife Vicki, and their daughter, Anna Kathryn of Madison; son, Bobby Moorehead, his wife Bridget, and children, Cullen, Liam, Farrell and Sullivan of Canton;Tom and Margie Ford, Harrison Township, Mich., and children Eric and Ashley; Jerry Moorehead of Florence.
She is survived by three siblings: Annie Lou Puckett of Morton and her children, Joel Puckett, Diane Puckett and Paula Latham of Morton; Mary Lee Thornton of Morton and her children, Becky Patrick of Byram and Robbie Thornton of Morton; Newell Johnson and his wife Mattie Merle of Pulaski, and their children, Patricia Goss and Kenneth Johnson of Pulaski.
Pallbearers were Brian Carl, Joey Austin, Andrew Austin, Larry Moorehead, Bobby Moorehead and Tom Ford.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Children's Home Society.
Evelyn Honnell Jemison
Evelyn Jemison, 79, formerly of Clinton, passed away Feb. 24 in Ocean Springs.
Funeral services were at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Jemison was born in Aberdeen in 1925. Her parents were the late Jim Honnell and Eva Mae Puckett Honnell.
She had attended nursing school and would have finished, but she married and started a family. She was a longtime resident of Clinton before moving to Ocean Springs 13 years ago.
Mrs. Jemison and her husband were founding members of Mt. Salus Presbyterian Church in Clinton. She loved the church and enjoyed working in the kitchen and nursery.
Mrs. Jemison and her husband, the late Walton Jemison, traveled the world before he passed away. They traveled to Germany, Mexico, Europe and Greece and enjoyed taking cruises.
Mrs. Jemison was a homemaker. Her children said she loved taking care of the neighborhood kids. She worked as a nurse's aid for a while at the former Hinds General Hospital. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her loving husband, Walton Jemison; son, Buddy Jemison and grandson, Jamie Jemison, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Bobbye Snyder and husband Lee of Ocean Springs, Ed Lee Jemison and wife Marie of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and JoAnn Tomlinson and husband William of Byram; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Salus Presbyterian Church in Clinton.
Helen P. Overstreet
Helen Peacock Overstreet, 77, went to Heaven to be with her Lord Feb. 27 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center after an extended illness.
A memorial service was held at Grace Baptist Church in Richland with the Rev. Scott Walters officiating. A private committal service for the immediate family was held at the Poplar Springs Cemetery in Hazlehurst, following the memorial service.
A native of Hazlehurst, Mrs. Overstreet resided in Pearl for many years and was a member of Jesus Name Tabernacle Church in Florence. She spent the past two years at Brandon Nursing & Rehab Center where she made many friends.
Survivors include her brother, Ray Peacock of Clinton; her children, Nita Blankenship of Birmingham, Ala., Jeanette Dozier and Betty Dougalwicz, both of Richland; Jimmy Hyatt of Pearl, James Berry of Ellisville and Edward Hyatt of Jackson. Mrs. Overstreet had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
Her family would like to personally thank the staff at Brandon Nursing & Rehab Center, River Oaks Hospital and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, friends who prayed for her during her illness, and a special thanks to Crystal Crumby for all of her love, support and dedication.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Grace Baptist Church, 155 Brandon Ave., Richland, Miss. 39218.