Obituaries, Sept. 19, 2012

Bill McKinney
AMORY – William N. “Bill” McKinney, 88, died on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. Born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Amory, he was the son of the late Graydon and Nancy Francis McKinney. He married Judy Ritter McKinney in 1968. He graduated from Amory High School, and received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University, receiving highest honors. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a first lieutenant ordnance officer. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Amory and served as a Sunday School Superintendent, Clerk of the Session and Elder Emeritus. He was a past president of Amory Rotary Club, past president of Amory Chamber of Commerce and past secretary of Mississippi Society of CPA. He worked several years as an accountant for Glenn Enterprises. He was also a founding partner, along with Kenneth Nail, of the accounting firm Nail McKinney, PA. Very passionate about his work, he was known as a great businessman. He enjoyed classical music, reading and studying history, and spending time with his family at their cabin at Nettleton Club Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Judy McKinney; sons, Dan McKinney of Amory, Bob McKinney of Cordova Tenn., John McKinney of Amory and David McCollum of Kingsport, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Tom Cheatham officiating. Burial followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Butler.
Pallbearers were Tommy Clements, Danny Jones, Larry Marett, Billy Rainey and Larry Gaudelock. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Millender and Soap Francis.
Donations may be given to First Presbyterian Church, 209 S. 4th St., Amory, MS 38821.
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Fred Zeinner
AMORY – Fred Zeinner, 66, died on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at his residence. Born on Dec. 21, 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a son of the late Frederick and Jeanette Daniels Zeinner. He attended Goshen, Ohio, High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, honorably serving his country from 1963 – 1966 during Vietnam. After service, he graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. He was a mechanical engineer in the petro-chemical field most of his life. With faith guiding his life after professing Jesus as his Lord, he was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Passionate about brain cancer awareness, he would assist others with cancer. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Smithville Masonic Lodge 548. Loving country living, he enjoyed boating, working in his shop, fishing and listening to bluegrass, Jimmy Buffett and Cajun music.
He is survived by his wife, Beverley Pound Zeinner of Amory; daughter, Alana Zeinner; son, Joseph Zeinner (Amy); sisters, Joann Corwin (Ronny) and Pat MacClanahan (Mac); brother, William Zeinner (Lupé); grandchild, Erik Zeinner; special nephew, Mike Williamson; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jerry Irvin.
A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Military honors and Masonic rites were bestowed during the service.
Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Irvin, Mike Williamson, Terry Hall and Tom Crook.
Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to Project Hope, 255 Carter Hall Lane, Millwood, VA 22646.
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Helen Turner
ABERDEEN – Helen Turner died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Highlands Nursing Home in Bessemer, Ala. She was born Feb. 18, 1915, in St. Paul, Minn., to Anton E. and Alma J. Amundson. She graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis in 1933, and worked government jobs in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Kansas City and Los Angeles. She married William S. Turner on Aug. 20, 1943, and had lived in Aberdeen since 1948. She retired in 1980 from the Monroe County Welfare amp& Food Stamp Office. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 178 and a past worthy matron. She was also a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school.
Graveside services were at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Oddfellows Cemetery in Greenwood, with Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home in charge.
Survivors include a son, William H. Turner (Debra) of Hamilton; a daughter, Maurine Taylor (Robert) of Hoover, Ala.; four granddaughters, Jennifer Langford and Christi Turner of Mobile, Ala., and Kristen and Lauren Taylor of Birmingham; two great-grandsons, Christopher Rowell and Blake Langford of Wren and Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Henry Espen, Arthur Amundson and Walter Amundson; three sisters, Bernice Friedland, Myrtle MacBeth and Fern Goddard.
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Jean Allmond
ABERDEEN – Barbara Jean Gooch Allmond, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 18, 1934, to F. L. Gooch and Veda Hooper Gooch in Senath, Mo. She lived in Aberdeen since 1957. She was co-owner and partner of Allmond Printing Company in Aberdeen. She was a member of Aberdeen Church of Christ.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Thomas E. “Tom” Allmond of Aberdeen; two daughter, Veda Fritch (Tommy) of Pueblo, Colo., and Elizabeth Welch (Keith) of Franklin, Tenn.; three sons, Tim Allmond (Tammy) of Fayette, Ala., Ernie Allmond (Jackie) of Aberdeen and John Allmond (Emily) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Kay Rundal of Flint, Mich., and June Whitson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers were Sam Allmond, Syd Allmond, Edwin Fritch, Mark Hulsey, Steve English, Terry Smith, John Inmon and Bill Borcicky.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
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Grace Beasley
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Grace Beasley, 92, of Greenwood Springs, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Services were Sept. 15 from Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Godsey officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Pauline Dozier
ABERDEEN – Notie Pauline Dozier, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born April 14, 1926, in Monroe County to Paul Pope Hill and Notie Howell Hill. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She had worked at TIL Quality Control and Sharp – Bush Line. She was a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were at  4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Quincy Cemetery with Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Paula Dozier McCandless of Columbus; one daughter-in-law, Lynn Criddle Dozier of Aberdeen; one sister, Vona Mae Thorp of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son Bubba Dozier Jr.; grandson Jason Holloway; son-in-law Berg McCandless III; five sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers were Billy Roberts, Lee Holloway, Jacob Lee, Bobby White, Jerry Smith and Louis Corbell. Honorary pallbearers were James Paul Holley and Rodger Lackie.
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Hubert Whitfield Tucker
COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Hubert Whitfield Tucker died Thursday, September 13, 2012.  He was born  August 8, 1924, to Minnie Mae Webb Tucker and Elzie Perry Tucker on their farm in Amory.  Early in life he learned and embraced the value of hard work and greatly enjoyed the outdoor life.
Hubert was graduated from Amory High School in 1941 and attended East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba.  Following his service in the United States Army during World War II, he continued his education and received his bachelor of business administration degree in 1948 from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.  Immediately upon graduation he began a long and successful career with Southern Bell Systems, where he worked for 36 years as chief internal auditor and office manager. He was noted for his great accuracy and attention to detail when handling the company’s finances.
He also served his country proudly and admirably as a member of the US Armed Forces during WW II. He joined the 43rd Infantry Division of the United States Army in 1942 and served for three years, achieving the highest rank for enlisted men, that of Regimental Sergeant Major.  He was stationed in New Guinea and participated in the invasion of the Philippines, where he saw much hostile action.  Many of his good friends were killed in combat.  His division was the 5th unit to go into Japan as the Army of Occupation (1945).
One of Hubert’s greatest joys was his study of music, and after being transferred by Southern Bell to Columbia, S.C., he studied organ for many years with Dr. Fred Howard Parker, Dean of Music at Columbia College and organist for First Presbyterian Church. Hubert played for many churches as interim and guest organist, including Eastminster Presbyterian, St Paul’s Lutheran, Ascension Lutheran, Good Shepherd Episcopal, Our Lady of the Hills Catholic, Trinity Lutheran, St. John’s Episcopal, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. As a member of the Columbia Chapter of American Guild of Organists, he attended biannual conventions in major cities of the United States and heard many of the world’s leading organists. He and his wife, Marian, also traveled widely in the early years of their marriage and enjoyed many seasons of opera and concerts throughout the country.  Together they heard many of the great artists of the 20th century.
As a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonel Thomas Taylor Chapter, Hubert attended state and national conventions that featured leading genealogists.  He was particularly interested in his family roots.  He noted with pride that the Tucker family came from the border countries of northern England and Scotland, by way of Bermuda,  to Charles Towne, S. C., and to regions that would become Alabama and Mississippi, bringing with them their great energy and work ethic.
Hubert was blessed with this great energy and work ethic and contributed much to his community. He was a member and past president (1975) of the Columbia Music Festival Association, a member and past president of the Evening Music Club, and a member of the Golden Kiwanis Club. He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Hubert was a talented and scholarly man, and his many successful endeavors stand as a testament to a life well-lived. In addition, he possessed a gracious warmth that, together with his many expressions of kindness, touched and enriched the lives of his family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Marian Stanley Tucker; daughter, Kittrell Anne Tucker; granddaughter, Chelsea Tucker Helsley; step daughters, Cynthia Benson Clarke, Frieda Benson Grimball, and Sara Elizabeth Benson; step grandchildren, Marian  Stanley Grimball Young, Captain William Heyward Grimball, William Byrd Stanley Henriksen, Phillips Stanley Henriksen, Donald Edward Benson, and Herbert Lankford Benson; Kittrell Lester Tucker, mother of Kittrell Anne Tucker.
He was predeceased by his step daughter, Anna Lynn Benson.
Catholic interment rites for the family were held at the Stanley family enclosure in the cemetery adjacent to First Presbyterian Church, with Deacon Ron Anderson officiating.
Friends and family are invited to attend a me
Memorials may be made to the following: St Peter’s Catholic Church, 1509 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C. 29202-1896; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201-3795; or the Oliver Gospel Mission, 1100 Taylor Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201.

Connie Hallada
SMITHVILLE – Constance Anne “Connie” Hallada, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at her home. Born May 13, 1950, in Wisconsin, she was a daughter of Berdalla Lena Fontaine Ploff and Joseph Peter Hallada. She grew up in Green Bay, Wis., and attended Prebble High School. She lived in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and in Smithville for the past 17 years.
A professional cook, she worked for the Park Hotel in Amory several years and was a vet tech while living in Florida. She was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and was known as living life to the fullest, optimistic, easy going, having a good sense of humor and an exceptional cook. She enjoyed her animals.
Survivors include her husband, William LaBaw of Smithville; two brothers, Dan Hallada of Green Bay and Larry Hallada of Ohio; her mother and step-father, Donald and Berdalla Lena Fontaine Ploff.
She was preceded in death by her father. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.
Donations may be made to the Amory Humane Society, P.O. Box 218, Amory, MS 38821.

Cedella Lindsey
SMITHVILLE – Cedella Cleveland Lindsey, 87, died on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation, Fulton, where she had been a resident for 5 years. Born on Nov. 10, 1924, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Birdie Rouse Cleveland.
She attended Ryan’s Well Elementary School and Itawamba Agricultural High School. On June 13, 1942, she married Cecil Lindsey. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman whose “children rise up to call her blessed,” and “trained up her children in the way that they should go.” A strong Christian woman, Mrs. Lindsey was an active member of Smithville Baptist Church, where she had many dear friends in her Sunday school class, WMU, and Senior Citizens group. After 38 years of service, she retired as a supervisor from Monroe Trouser. Prior to moving to Dogwood, Mrs. Lindsey was a long-time resident of Smithville. Upon learning that her home was destroyed in the April 27, 2011, Smithville tornado, her faith came to the forefront when she said, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Mrs. Lindsey never hesitated to share her faith with others. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and they lovingly called her “Ma.” She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Lindsey enjoyed piecing quilt tops and making quilts for her family members. In most recent years, she enjoyed playing bingo with her good friends at Dogwood, working jigsaw puzzles and watching Gospel Chanel 39 on television.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial followed in Young Memorial Garden, Smithville.
She is survived by her son, Lynn Lindsey (Vickie), Brewer; daughters, Leatrice Thorn (Wayne), Peaceful Valley, and Jeanette Touchton, Clinton; grandchildren, Emily McKnight (John), Steve Prestridge, Jamie Lindsey (Susanne), Jad Touchton, and Eric Thorn (Kim); great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Kamri, Lindsey, and Josh McKnight; and Shelby and Jacob Lindsey; sister, Geneva Thomas, Golden; brother, Harold Cleveland, Golden; and numerous nieces and nephews who held a very special place in her heart along with numerous special friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Lindsey, in 1987; sisters, Biddie Griffin, Forrest Miller, Vader Newborn, and Dera Tallant; and brothers, Nathan, Gailure, and Haron Cleveland.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Steve Prestridge, Jamie Lindsey, Jad Touchton, Eric Thorn, and John McKnight; and nephew, Bobby Cleveland.
Memorials may be given to Diabetes Foundation of MS, 800 Avery Blvd., Ste. 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157, Smithville Baptist Church, PO Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870, or to a charity of choice.
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Robert Taylor
ABERDEEN – Robert Irvin Taylor, age 96, died Sunday, September 16, 2012, at Aurora Australis Lodge in Columbus.  He was born November 2, 1915, to Robert Graves Taylor and Mary Johnson Taylor in Athens.  He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and Chillicothe, Missouri, Business College.  He served in WWII as Sgt. for Army Corp. of Engineers. He was owner of Taylor’s General Merchandise for 39 years and then employed by Monroe Banking and Trust Company as public relations director for seven-and-a-half years. At First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, he served as a deacon for 50 years, Adult Sunday School Director, and president of Keenagers.  He was a former member of Rotary Club and Exchange Club, and a member of First Federal Savings and Loan Board.  He served as a trustee for Monroe County Hospital and on the board for Golden Triangle Regional Medical Center Foundation. He was the vice president on committee to reopen The Elkin Theatre, served as a host for the Pilgrimage at the Magnolias, and was elected as a treasurer for The American Red Cross, where he worked on The Monroe County Fund Drive.  He was a devoted attendee of the Shelaine Restaurant Men’s Coffee Group.  He enjoyed lunches to various towns with the Romeo’s Retired Old Men eating out!
Services were at 2:00 p. m.,September 18, at First Baptist Church of Aberdeen with Bro. Roy McKay and Bro. R. D. Cline officiating.  Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.  Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the services.
Survivors include two daughters,Barbara Jo “Bobbie” Strawbridge and husband, Bill, of Humble, Texas, and Bette Jane Rhea and husband, Charlie, of Columbus; four grandchildren, Courtney Penland and husband, Andy, Barry Rhea and wife, Lauren, Doug Strawbridge  and wife, Jennifer, and Taylor Lane; five  great grandchildren, J. P. Pruett, Josh Penland, Charley Rhea, Caden Rhea, Elizabeth Rhea, and London Lane; a dear friend, Connie Ellard; faithful caregivers, Bobbie Henderson and Annette Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lottie Miller Taylor, and his second wife, Marguerite Hunter Taylor.
Pallbearers were Walter Lann, Ralph Bradley, Coy Flynn, Randy Nichols, Bob Plasco, and Doc Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were  Jesse Tate, Jim Bradley, Conwell Harris, Gordon Comer, Merle Walters, Fred Robinson, George Crawford, Chartos Nichols, Harold Long, James West, Thomas Pierce, Bob Miller, J. W. Benson, James L. House, George Luker, Dr. Arthur Brown, Dinny Rhea, Tim Erving, Ronnie Boozer, Neal Hilliard, Howard Moon, and Dr. Leonard Goodgame.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Aberdeen or your favorite charity.
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