Frances Eva O’Connor Bailey
Frances Eva O’Connor Bailey, 88, a devoted wife and mother, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Winston County Nursing Home. Visitation was Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Louisville, Miss. Funeral services were at First United Methodist Church in Louisville on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, beginning at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Fran was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Frank Evans O’Connor and Ida Larrivee O’Connor.
After her father was discharged from the Marine Corps, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where Fran was raised. Upon graduation from high school in Sioux City, Fran moved to Chicago to attend college. While there, she met Cliff Bailey, who was in Chicago attending dental school. The couple married in 1944. After Cliff graduated from dental school and completed his military service, they moved to Cliff’s hometown of Grenada.
Fran was an active member in the Methodist Churches in Grenada, Coffeeville and Louisville, serving as Sunday school teacher and Bible study group leader. She was also a member of the North Mississippi and Koinonia Emmaus Communities, having served as a lay director in both. Fran was a charter member of the Grenada Junior Auxiliary and also served as a national officer with the Junior Auxiliary. She was also an avid golfer, an excellent bridge player and a constant learner. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge on the internet with people around the world. But foremost, Fran was a devoted Christian, loving wife, mother of three, Nana to nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a friend of many. There will certainly be a void in the lives of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by three children, Gloria Mason (Roger) of Louisville, Ford Bailey (Martha Lynn) of Madison, and Hall Bailey (Carole) of Jackson. She is also survived by a niece, Joy Early Gifford (Frank) of Oakland, Maine. She has nine grandchildren, Kelly Mason Joyner (Walley) of Madison, Chris Mason of Grenada, Ryan Mason (Laura Catherine) of Birmingham, Ala., Kevin Bailey (Valerie) of Madison, Meredith Bailey of Atlanta, Mallory Bailey of Madison, Brittany Bailey of Jackson, Blair Bailey of Jackson, and Connor Bailey of Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Mason Joyner and Jackson Joyner of Madison.
The family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Louisville, P.O. Box 523, Louisville, MS 39339. To sign the guestbook, please go to www.porterfuneralhome.net.
Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Larry Clay Sr.
Graveside services for James Larry Clay Sr., 75, of Coffeeville, are at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Guilde Cemetery in Rankin County. Family and friends are invited to Penn’s Fish House in Brandon for lunch and stories after the service.
Mr. Clay died July 24, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
He was born on Jan, 12, 1935, in Lauderdale County and was the son of the late James Vardaman and Lola Ethridge Clay.
Mr. Clay graduated from Collinsville High School, attended East Mississippi Junior College and was a graduate of Mississippi State University. He was retired from the Soil Conservation Service where he served as a district conservationist in Pike and Yalobusha County and as a conservationist in Tippah, Covington, Carroll, and Yalobusha Counties. He was a Boy Scout Leader and was a member of the Masonic bodies including the Knights Temple and Shriners. He had served as a Worthy Patron of the Water Valley Order of the Eastern Star. He had also been a member of the Coffeeville Lions Club.
After his retirement he assisted his wife, Marjorie, in working antique ahows, flea markets and festivals scattered over the Eastern United States. With his brother, Ike Clay, they later opened L & M Baskets in Coffeeville. He became one of the great legends of the show circuit. He was a feature story on the front page of the Sunday Chicago Tribune Newspaper. Even after 12 years of retirement from the shows his customers still ask about him. The other dealers still tell the stories of his antics and salesmanship. He was well-known for his generosity. He donated to many causes and was always willing to help a friend in need. During his long sickness, his family was told of many acts of kindness and helpful deeds in times of need. He never turned down a good card game. He loved the challenge of trying to outwit the other players. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He went on fishing trips in Canada and Alaska. He had a special gift for storytelling. He was often seen at the local café or the bank spinning a good yarn.
Surviving Mr. Clay are his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Payne Clay; two sons, James Larry Clay Jr., of Coffeeville and Robert Edward Clay of Ridgeland; two daughters, Myrna Clay Pipkin of Southaven and Paula Clay Sudduth of Columbus; six siblings, Willie Gallaher of Lumberton, Rita Clay of Columbia, Virginia Alewine of Meridian, Ronnie Clay of Pearl, Ike Clay of Water Valley, and Hugh Clay of Chicago; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews.
Memorials may be made to Camp Rising Sun Children’s Cancer Camp, P.O. Box 8241, Columbus, MS 39705-8241.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Coffeeville is in charge of arrangements.
Marion Wayne Stewart
Funeral services for Marion Wayne Stewart, 95, of Eupora, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Eupora with the Rev. Trey Harper and the Rev. Wade Stevens officiating. Interment was in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.
Mr. Stewart died July 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center-LTCU in Eupora.
He was born on July 14, 1915, and was the son of the late Webster Stewart and Annie Doss.
Mr. Stewart was a retired auto salesman, a member of First United Methodist Church, a Navy veteran, and a member of the American Legion.
In addition to his parents, preceding Mr. Steward in death are his wives, Mary Sue Steward and Marie Stewart; two sisters, Omalene Vaughan and Ruth Roberts; and a brother, James Melba Stewart.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Schmitz (Ullin) of Eupora and Cherry Smith (Charlie) of Starkville; a son, Charles R. McMullen (Carolyn) of Sapa, Miss.; a sister, Dorene Stewart of Grenada; six grandchildren, Darrel W. Schmitz, Shannon Jenkins, Amy Zischke, Chuck McMullen, Stephen Harpole, and Stephanie Bright; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronald Vaughan, Brent Mitchell, Shannon Jenkins, Chuck McMullen, Brian Zischke, and Tim Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Darrel Schmitz, Donald Vaughan, Jerry Roberts, Dell Mitchell, Ricky Stewart, Pat Hyde, Tommy Ballard, Clara Hitt, and Joyce Crimm.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.
Frances Virginia Horton Thorne
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Frances Virginia Horton Thorne made her living by teaching children for over 36 years, but she made a life for herself, her family and for the many, many lives she blessed by giving love, laughter, gifts, time and wisdom generously and graciously.
Frances moved on to teaching all the children in heaven on Thursday, July 22, 2010.
Frances Thorne was born in Hazlehurst, Miss., on Feb. 11, 1933, to parents Leon and Ollie Horton. Her family moved to Jackson, where she graduated from Forest Hill High School. She married her sweetheart, James Robert Thorne, on July 12, 1953, and they enjoyed 57 years of a wonderful marriage.
Frances took full advantage of the many educational opportunities in Jackson and attended Hinds, Belhaven, and Millsaps before graduating from Mississippi College with a degree in elementary education.
They spent 43 years in Jackson working and raising their family, and moved to Grenada to be near their family seven years ago.
Her teaching career was also spent in Jackson. She taught at Alta Woods Baptist Church Kindergarten as well as Key Elementary School, Baker Elementary School, and Timberlawn Elementary School.
Olin G. Lewis Jr., who served as her principal during her time at Timberlawn, summarized Thorne’s dedication to the teaching profession by saying, “Frances Thorne never met a child she didn’t love. She was a master teacher who understood the importance of the school-family connection. I would have to say that her most outstanding attribute was her ability to instill self-confidence into every boy and girl in her classroom.”
Frances’ love of Christmas was one of her greater joys. She started the celebration early and had rich family traditions to match the holiday. She wrapped all her presents in crisp red paper tied with bright green ribbon every year, and started wearing Christmas sweaters on December 1.
Another passion was for her beloved Mississippi. Hundreds of schoolchildren in Jackson learned about magnolias and mockingbirds in Mrs. Thorne’s annual Mississippi program that celebrated her home state’s rich gifts and traditions.
She was a member of The Garden Club of Jackson, Mens Garden Club along with her husband, Cane Creek Outdoor Club, the Retired Educators Dinner Club, Grenada Iris Club and she was a member of Edith Nunnelee’s Sunday School Class.
Frances was a longtime member of Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson where she and Rob taught Sunday School to 3 year olds for 23 years. After the move to Grenada, she and her husband joined First Baptist Church, were their children and grandchildren belonged, and they quickly became a part of a new and loving church family.
One of her and Rob’s great joys in life was traveling extensively around the world to places like Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hawaii, Alaska, London, Paris, Germany, Japan and many other beautiful locations.
She leaves many to mourn: her husband, James Robert Thorne; two daughters, Leesa Nolen of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Laurie King of Grenada, Mississippi; six grandchildren-Clay Nolen and his wife, Carrie Jones Nolen, Ashleigh Nolen, Kaylee Nolen, Lacey Nolen, Collin King and Ashland King; one great-grandchild, Parker Nolen; and two sons-in law, Bobby Nolen and Butch King; siblings, Jerry Horton of Argenta, Illnois; Carolyn Alleman of The Dalles, Oregon; and Linda Magee of Jackson, Mississippi. She had a host of nieces, nephews and other family members as well.
Services were held on Monday, July 26, at the First Baptist Church of Grenada at 11 a.m. with Dr. Jim Nunnelee officating. Visitation was held from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the church. The committal service and burial was held in the Blue Springs Cemetery near Chunky, Miss., at 4:30 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Library of First Baptist Church - Grenada or the Baptist Children’s Village.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.