Obituaries, Nov. 28, 2012

Carolyn Leech

AMORY – Eva Carolyn Leech, 69, died on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 11, 1943, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of Vester and Edna Rusha Hutson Leech. Carolyn was a graduate of Tremont High School. Before retiring, she worked as a Finance and Insurance representative for several automotive dealerships. Carolyn was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Having the ability to overcome a massive stroke when she was 47, Carolyn’s determination to stay independent was an inspiration to everyone with whom she came in contact. She enjoyed watching sports and listening to Country and Gospel music.
A Celebration of Life Service were held at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her brother, Ellie Don Leech (Betty) of Amory; nieces and nephew, Marsha Tapscott, Michael Leech, and Loyce Riggan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Cody; and a niece, Joyce Dill.
Pallbearers were Michael Leech, Zach Leech, Darwyn Riggan, Chad Dill, Curt Pearce, and Nathan Wilbanks.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821, or to American Diabetes Association, 350 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Ste 2470, Jackson, MS 39213.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Audine Sims
AMORY – Eunice Audine Renfro Sims, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Feb. 4, 1926, she was a daughter of Eulous Richard and Aline Smith Renfro. She married Itha Ryon Sims; he died in 1961. She was a homemaker and took pride in raising her children. She enjoyed reading, sewing, listening to country and gospel music, and working with her flowers. She was a Baptist.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Phillip Brewer, Rodney Brewer, Josh Brewer, Richey Brewer, Blake Bowen and Ricky Adams.
Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Smith, Timmy Brewer, Terry Brewer, Matt White and Eric White.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Janette Harrell of Tifton, Ga., Nancy Ann Brewer of Amory and Linda Carol Holloway of Hamilton; one son, Clarence Daniel “Danny” Sims of Sumpter, S.C.; one sister, Flora Aline Kyle of Wren; one brother, Clady Clayton Renfro of Sulligent, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Itha Ryon Sims; one son, Itha Ryon Sims Jr.; one sister, Emma Jean Renfro Adams; and one brother, Grafton Renfro.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

David Bray
AMORY – David Evans Bray, 92, died on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Dec. 26, 1919, in Houston, he was a son of Benny Burkett Bray and Gladys Davis Bray Johnson. He married Lena Marie Ausborn; she later died. Working as a contractor, he was the owner of David E. Bray Enterprises. A man of faith, he was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and involved with the Veterans of Armed Services. He enjoyed working hard and spending time with his family.
A great American and a veteran of World War II, he entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 10, 1941, and received his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga. He was a sharpshooter with the 8th Army Infantry. Arriving in Bombay, India, on Aug. 13, 1943, he later was promoted to supply sergeant and was tasked with supplying soldiers that traveled up the Burma Road. Receiving various medals, he was discharged in December 1945, having served two years, four months, and 26 days in India.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Danny Burks and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park with military honors.
Survivors include one brother, Earl Bray of Riddings, Calif.; two grandchildren, Sherman Daniel Bray (Jennifer) of Amory and David Wayne Bray of Amory; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Austin and Aleisha Bray; and special friend and caretaker, Virginia Pearson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Sherman Wayne Bray; two sisters, Mary Annie Kennedy and Grace Caldwell; and one brother, Burkett Benny Bray Jr.
Pallbearers was Michael Pearson, Matthew Pearson, Joe Bagwell, Van Pearson, Phillip Pearson and Dan West.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Preston Hogan
AMORY – Preston Eugene Hogan, 69, died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at his residence in Amory. Born July 31, 1943, in Amory, he was a son of Leslie Eugene Hogan and Ruth Laverne Hogan. He married Anna Jeanette Tubbs in the fall of 1968, just prior to moving to Detroit, Mich. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of West Amory High School and an outstanding football player of the West Amory Wildcats and the Little No. 6 championship team. He later moved in the junior college ranks as a pulling guard for Cohoma Junior College. Then he entered Lane College of Jackson, Tenn., as an outstanding guard and earned a college degree. He worked at Ford Motor Company for 40-plus years until his retirement. He enjoyed and loved sports and fishing with his family and friends. A great American and a veteran of the U.S. Army, he received various medals and was discharged in October 1972.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial was in the United Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Jeanette Hogan of Amory; his mother, Ruth Laverne Hogan of Detroit; two daughters, Dewanda Hogan Holley and Patrice Lashaun Hogan, both of Detroit; four sisters, Janet Marshall, Marcell (Jimmy) Standifer, Sharon (Raymond) Foster, all of Detroit, and Margaret Lyles of Amory; and one brother, Vernon Hogan of Detroit.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Eugene Hogan; and two sisters, Beverly Hogan and Marilyn Marshall.

Lydia Word
SMITHVILLE – Lydia Tucker Word, 89, died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on March 29, 1923, in Prentiss County, she was a daughter of the late Lafayette Miller and Janie Margaret Fraser. Moving to Monroe County at an early age, she attended Hamilton High School and graduated from Wood Junior College. She married James Derrick “Jim” Word in 1942; he died in 2006. She was a longtime employee of the Amory branch of the Mississippi Department of Health, retiring after 20 years. A member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, she enjoyed listening to gospel music. Her hobbies include visiting family in Texas and spending time with her grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial was in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Pallbearers were Roy Miller Tucker, Donald Tucker, James Tucker, Scott Tucker, Wayne Tucker, Tommy Dahlem, Robbin Young and Adolpho Quan.
Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Gilliam (Don) of Elizabethton, Tenn., two sons, James L. Word (Lynn) of Lubbock, Texas, and Gerald Word (Debbie) of Smithville; one brother, Robert Tucker (Shirley) of Hamilton; one sister-in-law, Louise May (E.C.) of Bay Town, Texas; six grandchildren, Steve Gilliam, Anissa Gerber, Haley Word, Taylor Word, Allison Word and Jon Derrick Word; and one great-grandchild, Chloe Gerber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, James and Roy Tucker.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Smithville United Methodist Church, 60003 Gum Street, Smithville, MS 38870.

Dan Walker
ABERDEEN – Dan O. Walker, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services were  at 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen.
He is survived by one son, Daniel Whitfield of Aberdeen, and one sister, Leveria Haynes of Aberdeen.

Ada Braylock
ABERDEEN – Ada Lou Braylock, 100, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home in Aberdeen. She was a member of Pentecostal Temple and the Eastern Star.
Services were at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at First M.B. Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. William Stovall officiating. Interment was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Millett of Aberdeen and Berniece Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

Virgie Gettys
ABERDEEN – Virgie Lee Gettys, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home on Egypt Road. He was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church.
Services were at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at New Hebron M.B. Church. Burial was in New Hebron Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Emma Roberson of Okolona; two sons, Calvin V. Gettys of Cleveland, Tenn., and Carlos Gettys of Houston; six daughters, Elaine Ware and Barbara Page of Aberdeen, Doris Poe of Okolona, Emma Gettys of Tupelo, Arlene Roberson of South Carolina and Pauline Wright of West Point; one sister, Eva Jacobs of Atlanta, Ga.; and 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Orline McMillian
ABERDEEN – Orline “Pooney” McMillian, 64, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at her home.
Services were at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at Daniel M.B. Church in Aberdeen with Pastor Alonzo Sykes officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge.
She is survived by her mother, Louise Walker; two sons, Wesley and Roosevelt McMillian of Aberdeen; two daughters, Orline and Quinnisha McMillian of Aberdeen; eight brothers, Willie and Roy Walker of Aberdeen, Alfred and Roosevelt Walker of Arkansas, Wardell Walker of Boston, Mass., Willie James, Larry and Michael Simpson, all of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 sisters, Annie Mae, Annie, Ella, Nora, Maggie and Linda Faye Walker, all of Aberdeen, Tricia, Delores and Georgia Simpson, all of St. Louis, Mo., Dorothy Mae Walker of Minnesota and Marie Jones of California; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sarah Barton
ABERDEEN – Sarah Annette Thomas Barton, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Aberdeen Pioneer Hospital. She was born May 12, 1921, in Houlka, to Claude Elon Thomas and Clara Brown Thomas. She had lived in Aberdeen for the past 60 years. She was active with the Hospital Auxiliary and was named Volunteer of the Year for the auxiliary in 2000-2001. She had a degree in Home Economics and in Elementary Education. She was a Home Demonstration Agent for Monroe County and a 4-H Club Agent. She taught school for two years in Houston, and taught third grade in Aberdeen from 1968 until 1982. She enjoyed spending her time reading and studying her Bible, loving her family, sewing, gardening and cooking. She was an active member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church, where she was involved in Adult Choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years and volunteered with Kitchen and Hospitality Ministries.
Services were at noon Nov. 27 at the Aberdeen First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Matthews and Brother Roy McKay officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Cathy Barton Ford (Mike) of Becker; one brother, C.E. Thomas (Rebecca) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two grandsons, Rob Ford and Cory Ford; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Deanna and Madison Ford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Beeks Barton; and two brothers, Haskell Thomas and Farell Thomas.
Pallbearers were Roger Wright, Jim Reddock, James Foote, Mike Bunch, Henry Applewhite, Shelby Carter, Dewayne Ott and Dr. Arthur Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and friends of the First Baptist Church.
Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, the Gideons or to the Lottie Moon Fund.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

About Charlie Langford

Charlie Langford is the general manager of the Monroe Journal.