Obituaries Sept. 5, 2012

Johnny Yeager Sr.
HAMILTON – Johnny Wayne Yeager Sr., 61, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born July 6, 1951, in Monroe County to John Fair Yeager Jr. and Lula Mae White Yeager.
Services were at 11 a.m. Aug. 31 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Phillip White officiating. Burial was in Egger Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Watkins Yeager; his father, John Fair Yeager Jr.; his mother, Lula Mae White Yeager; three daughters, Tammy Yeager McMillian of Florida, Kathy Ann Yeager of Mississippi and Teresa Alawine White (Phoenix) of Maryland; one son, Johnny W. Yeager Jr. (Joyce) of Mississippi; one stepdaughter, Michelle Barringer (Jimmy) of Illinois; one stepson, Shane Eaton (Kristi) of Indiana; one brother-in-law, Marcel Hart (Gail) of Illinois; six grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Mae Yeager; and his grandparents, Hugh and Lula Mae White, and John and Racheal Yeager.
Pallbearers were Ron Godney, Jimmy Barringer, Cody Barringer, Shane Eaton, Vince Ungano, Otis Hill, Robby Kilburn, Hon. Richard White and Mike Yeager.
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George Randle
PRAIRIE – Willie George Randle, 68, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Prairie. He was born March 21, 1944, to Charlie B. Randle and Ora Lee Lairy Randle. He was a member of Union Baptist Church. He received his education from the Houston Schools. He was a former employee of Futorian.
Services were at 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at Union Baptist Church in McCondy with the Rev. Calvin Chandler officiating. Burial was in Union Baptist Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Marshall Randle and Tonya Randle, both of Prairie; sons, Charles Randle of Okolona, Willie George Randle Jr. of West Point, Rickey Randle of West Point, Clyde Randle, Mack Randle, Anthony Randle and Calvin Randle, all of Prairie and Windell Randle of Aberdeen; one sister, Mary Louise Calvert of Prairie; two brothers, Walter Randle of Prairie and Cleotis Randle of Okolona; 23 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Karmaria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arveria Randle; two brothers, Leotis Randle and Charles Randle; and three grandchildren.

John Burke Jr.
AMORY – John P. “Johnny” Burke Jr., 93, died on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on June 24, 1919, in Boston, Mass., he was a son of the late Mary Vienneau and John Patrick Burke Sr. He was a graduate of Brighton, Mass. High School, where he was active in ROTC. Honorably serving his country as a Master Sergeant during World War II in the European Theater, he was in combat with Gen. Patton and received a Purple Heart. On Dec. 2, 1945, he married Rena Lucille Whidbee in Pascagoula, and they lived in Moss Point for 52 years. After 40 years of service with Ingalls Shipbuilding, he retired as a safety officer, working in the fire, safety and medical fields. Moving to Amory in April 2008, he was a member of First Baptist Church. A devoted husband and loving father, he looked forward to spending time with his family and working. Humorous and having a love for people, he enjoyed motorhoming, having visited all 48 continental states, camping, and listening to country and gospel music.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille W. Burke of Amory, formerly of Columbia and Moss Point; daughters, Janis Switzer (Wayne) of Thomasville, Ala., and Judy Gilmore (Danny) of Columbia; son, Ray Burke (Becky) of Amory; sister, Loretta Downey of Eliot, Maine; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Mealey, and a brother, Al Burke.
A celebration of life service with military honors was held at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. A committal service was held at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia with Bro. Darrel Daniels officiating.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, Hand Bell Fund, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
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Polly Wiygul
CAROLINA – Ima Gene “Polly” Wiygul, 95, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, atGilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 3, 1917, in Hatley, shewas a daughter of the late John and Nilie Wright Ausborn. She married GratchardF. Wiygul in 1931. She grew up in Hatley and attended Hatley School. Livingmost of her life in the Carolina community, she was a member of CarolinaMethodist Church. She was a retired seamstress for the Amory Garment Company. Avery kind-hearted and loving lady and a devout Christian, she loved reading herBible, sewing, quilting, working in her flower garden and spending time withher family, especially cooking for them during the holidays.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at Carolina MethodistChurch with Bro. Mike Hunter and Bro. Allen Martin officiating. E.E. PickleFuneral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her grandchildren, Rene White (Charles)of Carolina, Kyle Wiygul (Terry) of Caledonia and Donna Martin (Jay) ofAberdeen; great-grandchildren, Chris White (Amanda), Ben and Skipper White,Chance and Page Wiygul, Allen Martin (Karen); great-great-grandchildren,Hunter, Kobe and Addy White, Aiden Wiygul and Gabriella Reese Martin.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son,Hansel W. Wiygul, and her brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers were Chris, Ben and Skipper White, Chance and Page Wiygul, AllenMartin and Michael Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers were Hunter, Kobe and AddyWhite, Aiden Wiygul and Gabby Martin.
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General Young
ABERDEEN – General Lee “Red” Young, 89, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Aberdeen to Elnora and Eddie Young. He joined Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church at an early age. After his health failed, he moved to Holly Springs with his son and daughter-in-law. He was baptized at Victory Church of Christ in Holly Springs on Jan. 26, 2011. He was married to Helen Young. They had six children. He later married Fannie Walker, who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Navy for three-and-a-half years and was a veteran of World War II. During his life he was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator at the Shell Plant and he was self-employed as a skilled welder.
He was a strong humanitarian and fighter for justice, continuing the fight until his death. One of his first fights was the fight for the right to vote without paying a poll tax. He went on to become the first African-American to vote in Aberdeen. He started the first NAACP chapter in North Mississippi with 25 members and a membership fee of 25 cents. He was president of the local chapter until his health failed. He participated in the 1963 March on Washington with 250,000 other protestors. He was with Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 3, 1968, and was involved in the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march. He also was noted for helping identify Emmitt Till in Money and the three slain Civil Rights activitists in Philadelphia in 1964.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Roy Hazzle Gymnasium in Aberdeen. The Rev. David Jackson  officiated. Burial was in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Young (Mary) of Holly Springs and General Young Jr. (Bessie) of Omaha, Neb.; four daughters, Eva Hamilton of Holly Springs, Evelyn and Elnora Young of Easton, Mich., and Angie Michelle Blair of Columbus; two stepsons, Johnny Walker (Mary) of Aberdeen and Jimmy Walker; 27 grandchildren; one special grandson, Jalone Young; a special stepgranddaughter; two special nieces, Julie and Benita Young; and a special caregiver, Teresa Frost.
He was preceded in death by two children, Christine and Johnny Young.
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Steve Stephens
AMORY – Charles Earl Steve Stephens, 83, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at theCommunity Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Born on Nov. 21, 1928, inLordsburg, N.M., he was the son of Hardy and Flora Bess Barton Stephens. A28-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, two years was spent on a destroyer during theKorean War and he served 26 years as a Seabee. He was stationed with his familyat several bases, mostly overseas, including one year in Vietnam. He was amember of the Amory Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rites in Houston, Texas, andthe Amory Church of Christ. He enjoyed railroad history.
Graveside services with full military honors were at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at theCorinth National Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge ofthe arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta Stephens of Amory; one daughter, TammyButler (David) of Rapid City, S.D.; two sons, Michael Stephens of San Antonio,Texas, and Scott Stephens (Sandra) of Amory; five grandchildren, Misty Butlerof Juneau, Alaska, Amber Renese Butler Rivera (Phillip) of Dallas, Texas,Jonathan Stephens (fiancée, Katie Taylor) of Tupelo, Dayton Butler of RapidCity, S.D., and Kristen Stephens of Amory; and a great-grandson, CobleStephens.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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