Obituaries, Nov. 7, 2012

Bettye Lenoir
ABERDEEN – Bettye Hudson Lenoir, 81, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Pioneer Garden Suites in Aberdeen after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 15, 1930, to James William Hudson and Annie Montgomery Hudson in Durant. She graduated from Aberdeen High School, where she was Miss AHS, and she attended MSCW for two years. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, where she sang in the choir for over 60 years. She was a life member of Aberdeen Garden Club. A resident of Monroe County for the past 75 years, she and her husband lived in the family home, Lenoir Plantation, where they raised their daughters. She was a gracious hostess for many pilgrimages and special events at the plantation home. They moved to Starkville in 2000, where they were avid MSU sports fans for many years and enjoyed cheering on their Bulldogs. She was a true Southern lady who never met a stranger. She loved her bridge club, which she was a member for 61 years.
Services were at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson and the Rev. Whit Lewis officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the services.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Whitman Hill Lenoir of Aberdeen; two daughters, Sally Lenoir Scott (Bob) of Aberdeen and Betsy Lenoir Lewis (Howard) of Kosciusko; one brother, James “Jimmy” Williams Hudson of Milton, Fla.; four grandchildren, LeLe Newell (Chris), Stephanie Thompson (Robert), Whit Lewis (Leanne) and Griffin Lewis (Madeleine); four great-grandchildren, Hunter Sanders, Scotty Waits, Karsen Sanders and Liam Lewis; and her caregivers, Rosie Walker, Brenda Gates, Pam Gates and Diane Randle.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen or American Cancer Society.
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Ray McGhee
ABERDEEN – Ray E. McGhee, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born April 23, 1944, to Evans D. McGhee and Elaine Brewer McGhee in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and attended Itawamba Junior College. He retired after 20 years at Vista Chemicals, where he was shift supervisor. He was a farmer and worked for Fowlkes Contracting. He was a member of Tranquil United Methodist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Harrison UpShaw officiating. Burial was in Tranquil Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Irvin McGhee of Aberdeen; one daughter, Carrie Householder (Keith) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Carolyn Fowlkes (Wayne) of Amory and Debra Ridings (Eddie) of Aberdeen; one brother, Billy D. McGhee (Barbara) of Aberdeen; one granddaughter, Madison Householder, and two grandsons, Dylan Householder and Tyler Householder.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were Bubba McGhee, Jimmy Ray McGhee, Todd Irvin, Lonnie Williams, Brad Ridings, William Ridings, Gabe Irvin, Kirk Baker, Chris Baker and Keith Householder.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Aberdeen High School Class of 1962.
Memorials may be made to Tranquil United Methodist Church.
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William White Sr.
ABERDEEN – William Clifton White Sr., 73, died on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Verona at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice Inc. Born April 18, 1939, in Aberdeen, he was a son of the late Sherman White Sr. and Myrtle White. He was a faithful member of St. Peter United Methodist Church where he was president of United Methodist Men and a member of the Administrative Board. He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of American Legion Post 212 of West Point. He retired from B&W of West Point, where worked as a welder for many years. An avid sports fan, he loved football, baseball and basketball, and enjoyed watching his favorite T.V. shows.
A celebration of life service with military honors was at 1:p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Peter United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Benjamin Wax officiating. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by five sons, William White Jr. and Kenneth S. White, both of Minnesota, Keith White of Jackson, Kody Temple and Trevail Gandy, both of West Point; three daughters, Andrea T. (Anthony) Walker Burroughs of Jackson, Nivea Temple of West Point and Luciana Temple of Water Valley; one brother, Charles White of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Patricia (Pat) Ewing of Aberdeen; four grandchildren; five aunts, Louise (John) Marshall and Bessie Mae Lynn, both of Amory, Hermion Ford of San Diego, Velma Jean Garner of Minnesota, St. Elmo Crawford of Detroit; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Teresa Strong of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces, Orean Logan and Verlean Crawford Barnes; two uncles, Herbert “Golf Ball” Crawford and Oscar “Doll” Crawford.

Becky Watson
AMORY – Becky Watson, 65, died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Dec. 9, 1946, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Lola Bell Taylor Greenhill. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1965 and a graduate of Vaughn’s Beauty College. On March 9, 1968, she married Vernon Watson. Very caring about her customers, she owned and operated Becky’s Beauty Shop for 47 years. A Christian woman of deep faith, she was a member of Lifepointe Church and was always studying scripture. The cornerstone of her family, she loved and cared for her family, and enjoyed her grandchildren and reading.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon Watson of Amory; daughters, Missy Pickle (Chris) and Latitia Young (Patrick) of Amory; sisters, Dorothy Poore and Eva Moon of Amory; brothers, Sonny Greenhill (Jean) of Clinton and Doug Greenhill (Patsy) of Amory; grandchildren, Dylan and Tyler Young, and Taylor and Georgi Pickle; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robbie Westbrook officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tommy Greenhill, Chase Pruitt, Joe Wright, Jerry Carter, Jerry Watson and John Mark Howell.
Memorials may be given to Lifepointe Church, P.O. Box 165, Amory, MS 38821.
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William Putnam
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – William Charlie Putnam, 32, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Jan. 5, 1980, in Columbus to Debra Lynn Wilson Putnam and William Teddy Putnam. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a roustabout at Putnam Enterprises. He also received Ranger training at Camp Shelby.
Services were at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. George Collins officiating. Burial was at his home place in Prairie. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, William Ovin Putnam (Amber) of Caledonia; and two nieces, Victoria Putnam and Alina Putnam.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers and one uncle.
Pallbearers were his family.
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Shirley Shumpert
AMORY – Shirley Faye Shumpert, 67, died on Nov. 2, 2012, at Starkville Manor in Starkville. She was born April 8, 1945, to Lucille “Adams” Shumpert and Golden Shumpert Sr. She married the love of her life, Leon Gilleylen. She was a member of the Rose of Sharon Church. She attended school in Nettleton and Amory. She also worked in domestic (private) homes for Dickie and Gail Miller and the Cutcliff’s. She enjoyed cooking, country music and watching her favorite television show, CSI.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel with Min. Antionetta Word officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two children, Debra Ann Diggs and Ontray Deon (Lshay) Shumpert; one sister, Virginia Ann Thompson; three aunts, Viola Foster, Shirley Ruff, both of Plantersville and Mozella Curry of Shannon; two grandchildren, Cody Adams and Katina (Terrell) Dancy; two great-grandchildren, Shaiah and Caeson; three nieces, Pansy (Joe) Fenly, Sophia Alfreda Traylor and Monica Pruitt; three nephews, Bobby Darren (Lisa) Shumpert, Willie B. Spratt and Destry (Donetta) Shumpert; many great-nieces and nephews, including Ron and Jeremy Evans; and a host of relatives.
She was preceded in death by her loving mother and father; one brother, Golden Shumpert Jr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Shumpert and Bobbie Jean White.


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