Obituaries, Oct. 10, 2012

Thomas R. Plunkett
TUCSON, Ariz. – Thomas R. Plunkett, 78, died Sept. 28, 2012, in Tucson, Arizona.  He was born in Amory to Henry and Mossie Thornton  of Amory, and moved away when he was quite young.  Upon retirement from Civil Service, he returned to Amory and lived there for 25 years.  He served in the U. S. Marine Corp from May 1952 through January 1963.  He served in the Korean Conflict and received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Ribbon.  After discharge from the Marines, he went to work for the Civil Service in Yuma, Ariz., until retirement in 1973 due to health problems.  He was active in the  Amateur Radio Club when he lived in Arizona and Amory.  He was a member of North Boulevard Christian Church in Amory.
Memorial services will be held later at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; children, Thomas Lee (Cathy) of Arizona and Linda Sue (Patrick) Coffman of California; four grandchildren, Case Thomas Plunkett, Jessica Marie Grimes, Alexis Beth and Travis James Coffman; two great-granddaughters, Vanessa Ann and Kylie May Grimes; Gabriel, Jake and Matt Leamon also survive; two brothers, Kelly and Terry, both of California.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold of Oregon and Bob from Arizona.

Russell Tubb Jr.
BECKER – Russell J. Tubb Jr., 78, died on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at his home. Born July 6, 1934, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Russell Jeptha Tubb Sr. and Grace Hill Tubb. A graduate of Becker High School, he also received his associate’s degree from Itawamba Junior College. He married Jean Stanford in 1956. A man of deep faith, he was a member of Gregory Chapel Baptist Church. Being a family man, he cherished the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. He farmed, worked for Amory Garment Co. and then retired from Kerr McGee after 32 years in 1995.  After his retirement, he worked for Amory Produce Market. He enjoyed watching westerns.
A celebration of life service were 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Arlis Lee and Bro. Justin Simmons officiating. Burial was Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife 56 years, Jean Stanford Tubb of Becker; one daughter, Teresa Johnson (Jimmy) of Becker; one son, Cliff Tubb (Lisa) of Becker; four sisters, Helen Sims (L.C.) of Becker, Patsy Jenkins (Fred) of Houston, Texas, Nancy Mody of Florida and Bobby Stegall of Amory; one brother, Jerry Tubb of Amory; six grandchildren, Luke Tubb (Rhonda), Lori Sloan, Amanda Jones (Brian), Alex Tubb, Lindsey Johnson and Russ Johnson; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Paige and Harley Tubb, Silas and Shae Sloan, and Ramsey Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Warren Tubb; a daughter, Amanda Dawn Tubb; and a brother, Pete Tubb.
Pallbearers were Brad Stanford, Bobby Cantrell, Jimmy Brown, Danny Stanford, Dennis Pickle and Larry Seales. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Luke and Alex Tubb and Russ Johnson.
Memorials may be made to First Friends, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS  38821.
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June Davis
HAMILTON – June Newell Davis, 76, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born June 17, 1936, to Jasper Columbus Newell and Hazel Morrison Newell in Ecru. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, where she was a homemaker. She graduated from Hamilton School and Draughn’s Business College in Jackson.
Services were at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Tim McMillian officiating. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Houk (Danny) of Hamilton and Janie Carol Streukens (John) of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada; one son, Bill Davis (Sheila) of Aberdeen; seven grandchildren, Tim Houk, Scott Houk, Josh Houk, Stacey Moore, Ashley Breaux, Nick Streukens and Haley Streukens; and five great-grandchildren, Isaac Houk, Ethan Andrew Houk, Molly Houk, William Houk and Braley Moore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred Davis; one sister, Edith Newell; and one brother, Jay Newell.
Pallbearers were Tim Houk, Scott Houk, Josh Houk, Brad Moore, Will Breaux and Brandon Davis.
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Mildred Smith
HAMILTON – Mildred Hale Smith, 98, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born June 3, 1914, to Walter Morgan Smith and Lizzie Johnson Smith in Hamilton. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and Jackson Commercial College in Jackson. She was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for several years. She was a kindergarten teacher for 20 years and retired as librarian from the Hamilton Library after 17 years.
A graveside service was at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton with Dr. Cheatham and Charles Caldwell officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the services.
She is survived by her cousins.
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LaRue Jones
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – LaRue Katherine Kennedy Jones, 90, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Harton Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Janie Mansell Kennedy. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1939. Passionate about nursing, she worked as an LPN with Dr. W.T. Oakes over 20 years. She was of the Mormon faith. She enjoyed working in the yard, sewing and watching the Grand Ole Opry. She had lived with her daughter in Tullahoma since Christmas 2008.
She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Jones Eifert (Charles) of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Todd Eifert, Angela Wade and Shawna Eifert; great-grandchildren, Addison Eifert, Mallory Eifert and Timmie Gooch.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Archie “Mutt” Jones; and brothers, Houston, Wilford, Ernest and Joseph “Bug” Kennedy.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5  in Masonic Cemetery with Gene Kennedy officiating. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
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Dorothy Reeves
WREN – Dorothy Faye Reeves, 77, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Golden Living Nursing Center. Born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Belle Strawhorn White. She was a graduate of Okolona High School, Class of 1955. On June 25, 1955, she married Truman Earl Reeves. Before becoming a homemaker, she had worked for Elmore’s Dime Store, Amory Garment, Dollar General and the Tenn-Tom Inn. She was a faithful member of Nettleton Church of Christ. Spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was very important to her. Friendly and outgoing, she enjoyed working in her rose garden, reading books, shopping, traveling, and gospel and country music.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Truman Earl Reeves of Wren; daughters, Debbie Nicholson (Randy) of Wren and Lisa Holeman (Carlton) of Yazoo City; sons, Wayne Reeves (Betty) of Pontotoc, Truman Ray Reeves of Wren and Donnie Reeves (Peggy) of Pontotoc; sister, Ida Frances Hogan; grandchildren, Jessie (Megan), Junior (Nikki), Tesa, Donna, Adrian and Lacresia; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Lindsey, Dakota, Kayden, Jaxton, Kimberly and Kevin; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Diane Reeves, and brother, Charles White.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Nettleton Church of Christ with Jimmy Bates and Jeff Bates officiating. Burial l followed in Wren Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jessie Reeves, Curtis Reeves, Ricky Reeves, Jimmy Allred, Dakota Reeves, Kevin Crosby and Andy Kembry.
Memorials may be given to Nettleton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858.
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William Jackson
AMORY – William Isaac Jackson, infant son of Chris and Hannah Aldridge Jackson, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Graveside services were at 4 p.m. Oct. 6  at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with Bro. Ronnie Sutton officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Chris and Hannah Aldridge Jackson of Amory; a brother, Ethan Noah Jackson; his grandparents, Ron and Sharon Aldridge of Amory; and great grandmothers, Mary Gilmore of Eastview, Tenn. and Mozelle Aldridge of Amory.
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Margaret Cook
AMORY – Margaret L. Cook, 82, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born in the Quincy Community on Jan. 13, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Clinton E. and Audrey Howell Hill.
In 1946, she married Curtis H. Cook Sr. After years of traveling with her military husband and four sons, she returned to her family home in Amory. Mrs. Cook made many friends while working at Amory Garment, Sterling’s and Black’s before retiring at age 62. Her church families were Baptist and Methodist at different stages of her life. During the last several years, she enjoyed many wonderful friends and family who enjoyed spending time with her. We will miss her good humor and infectious laugh.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis H. Cook Jr. of Bolton, Conn., and David L. Cook of Tupelo; her daughters-in-law, Linda Cook and Shirley Cook; her brother, Clinton (Bo) Hill of Athens and his wife, Sue; six grandchildren, Kristie, Casey, Stacey, Julie, Jacey and Jason; and 12 great-grandchildren in Illinois, Connecticut and Mississippi. She enjoyed many hours during her last years with a special friend, Cathy Moffett, a special niece, Joyce and Larry Armstrong, a special cousin, Patricia Pinkerton, and tender, loving care provided by Shirley Camp.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. Oct. 7, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory. A brief graveside service followed in Hatley Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest alongside her late husband and two teenage sons, George and Wesley, who passed away in 1966.
Pallbearers will be David Cook, Curtis Cook, Bo Hill, Butch Moffett, Luke Moffett, Stephen Armstrong, Jimmy Ashley and John Blake Riddle.
Memorials may be given to Sanctuary Hospice, 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803.
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Jerry Lewis
AMORY – Jerry Ray Lewis, 76, died on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  Born December 28, 1935, he was a son of the late Harold Ray Lewis and the late Helena Harrell Brinegar.  He married Maribeth Wall; she died in February 2012.  A graduate of Newton High School, he received his bachelor’s degree in history from Mississippi State University.  He later received his master’s degree in school administration also from MSU.  Before his retirement from the public school system, he taught at Amory High School, was Title I director, principal at East Amory Elementary, principal at West Amory Elementary, coached Jr. High football, and was known as the “Voice of the Panthers” for nearly 30 years.  He was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Church and he cherished his time with his children and grandchildren.  He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Big “O” Hunting Club, and the Kappa Sig Fraternity.  His hobbies included hunting, fishing, reading, geography, watching television, and playing with his dogs, Gizmo and Rocky.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1 p.m. Monday, October 8, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Forbus, Jay Horn, Bobby Harper, Ronnie Herndon, Jimmy Glenn, and Lee Miller.  Honorary pallbearers were Mabry “Bro.” Allison, E.C. Carpenter, Jim Burrow, Harlan Prestridge, and Kelly Faulkner; members of Big “O” Hunting  Club; and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
Survivors include one son, Jerry M. Lewis (Rhonda) of Becker; and two daughters, Betty Lewis Bagwell (Joe) of Amory and Jane Lewis Maxey of Amory; 6 grandchildren, Carroll Slack Lee (Seth), Matthew Lewis (Blakely Stone), Emily Hurt Faulkner (Jess), Byron Zackary Hurt IV (Dana), Josh Maxey, and Sarah Beth Maxey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Maribeth Lewis; his mother, Helena Brinegar; his stepfather, Darrell M. Brinegar; his father, Harold R. Lewis; his stepmother, Mae Lewis; and his brother, Roger Dean Brinegar.
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Rose Brewer
WREN – Rose Marie Williams Brewer, 83, died Monday, October 8, 2012, at her home.  She was born November 13, 1928, in Monroe County to Willie Clement Williams, Sr. and Sophia Della Mae Gentry Williams.  She was a life long resident of Monroe County.  She was a graduate of Wren High School.  She was a homemaker.  She was a member of Wren Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Tranquil Cemetery in Wren.  Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters,Wanda Brewer Pierce and husband, Dale, of Aberdeen,Melody Brewer Miles and husband, Skip, of Amory; one son, Steve Brewer, and wife, Sandra, of Wren; seven grandchildren,  Rachel Pierce Waide, Brad Brewer, Ben Pierce, Laura Harlow, Stephanie Brewer May, Natalie Pierce and Mary Margaret Miles;five great grandchildren, Drew8 Keeton, Jurdan May, Sloan May, Macey Brewer and Will Brewer.
She was preceded in death by her parents,  her husband Hansell Brewer of Wren, her sister Annie Mae Williams Morgan of Wren and her brothers, James Charles Williams of Wren and W.C. Williams, Jr. of Wren.
Pallbearers were Brad Brewer, Skip Miles, Ben Pierce, Dale Pierce, Will Strickland, Jim Waide and Wesley Wallace.
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Ray Peters
ABERDEEN – John Ray Peters,84, died Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen.  He was born January 7, 1928, in Saltillo to John Henry Peters and Wilma Sue Towery Peters.  He had lived in Monroe County for the past 38 years.  He was a truck driver for Cullum Trucking.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. His greatest joys in life were his love for his family.  He enjoyed reading, current events, watching sports and working in his yard.
Services will be Wednesday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m. at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating.  Burial will be at Center Hill Cemetery.   Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel (Sue) West Peters of Aberdeen; one daughter, Terri Peters Allen and husband, Doug, of Sulligent, Ala.; two sons,Richard Alan Peters and wife, Terrie, of Saltillo and Michael Ray Peters and wife, Cheri,  of Aberdeen; one sister,Shirley Hawkins of Nettleton; four brothers,Henry Rex Peters and wife, Evell, of Shannon,Gary (Buck) Peters and wife, Anna, of Columbus,Jake Peters and wife, Judy, of Nettleton,Danny Joe Peters and wife, Kathy, of Okolona;eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters Joyce Peters Barnette and Betty Peters Grubbs.
Pallbearers will be John Peters, Steve Allen, Justin Peters, Ty Peters, Nick Stuckey and Rexal Peters.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon Comer, Dr. Vincent Barker and Dr. Kevin Hayes.
Visitation will be Wed. Oct 10, from 1:00 P.M until service time at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Contributions may be made to the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.
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Danny Smith
PLANTERSVILLE – Danny Joe Smith, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at the Community Hospice in Verona. Born Nov. 11, 1957, in Monroe County, he was a son of Katherine Bullard Smith and the late Ariol Morris Smith. He was a former sewing machine mechanic for Amory Garment Company and he enjoyed fishing and 4-wheeler riding. He was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran.
A Celebration of Life service was held Oct. 9 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Steve Parrish officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park with military honors. Pallbearers were the members of the military.
Survivors include one daughter, Brittany Renea Smith Tubbs (Daniel) of Nettleton; one son, Christopher Joe Smith of Mooreville; two sisters, Janet Lynn Haynes of Amory and Susan Ann Kennedy (Dwight) of Amory; one brother, Jerry Dale Smith of Nettleton; two grandchildren, Donivan Daniel Tubbs and Aubrey Faith Tubbs; and special friend, Nelle Escalante.
He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Sammy Morris Smith; and brother-in-law, Danny Haynes.
Visitation will continue until service time at the funeral home.
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