Obituaries Dec. 5, 2012

Rev. James Threlfall
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Rev. James Albert Threlfall, D.D., 91, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Born in Newburg, Mo., he was the son of the late George Hughey and Florence Miller Threlfall of Amory. He graduated from Amory High School in 1939 and was co-captain of the football team. He later attended Bob Jones University.
He is survived by two daughters, Dianne Rutherford (Ron) of Greenville, S.C., and Susan Ottavi (Neil) of Thompson’s Station, Tenn.; three sons, David Threlfall (Sheila) of Plano, Texas, Doug Threlfall (Barbara) of Seoul, South Korea, and Jim Threlfall of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jessie Threlfall of Clemmons, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Currey Threlfall; two brothers, Henry and William;  two sisters, Mary and Bessie; and his parents.
Service were at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel, in Greenville, S.C. Burial was in Graceland East in Simpsonville, S.C.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to U.S. Church Planting Endowment Fund c/o Gospel Fellowship Assoc., 1890 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 110, Greenville, SC 29609.

Maggie Root
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Mary Ellen “Maggie” Harrison Root, 91, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Mary Ellen became a national celebrity in 1955 by becoming Kellogg’s “Miss Good Morning.” She was also active in many civic organizations including United Fund, March of Dimes, and the Boy Scouts of America for nearly 50 years. A beloved mother, Mary Ellen was a true Southern Belle. The heavens are now filled with the aroma of her cooking! Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all she touched.
She is survived by her sons, Bradley, James and Roger (Dawn); proud grandma of Ryan, Lance, Todd and Rachel; a sister, Ruth “G” Torrey; her best friends, Lynn and Debbie, and Cora Lee Rogers; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many loving friends.
Her funeral and committal service was held on Friday, November 23, at Wisconsin Memorial Park Chapel of the Chimes, Brookfield, Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory, with Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Amory Church of Christ or Christian Chapel Church of Christ.
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Verlene Patrick
SMITHVILLE – Verlene Walls Patrick, 75, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born March 7, 1937, in Nettleton to Roosevelt Hayden and Hattie Bell Walls. She was a member of Spruell Chapel United Methodist Church. She attended school in Nettleton. She was a former employee of Blue Bell Mfg. of Hatley as a seamstress. She excelled as a housewife, homemaker, mother and grandmother and was held in the highest esteem by her children and grandchildren. She was a master cook and enjoyed sharing large meals in her home with family members and friends. She truly enjoyed working with flowers and in her flower beds, watching television and being with her family and church members.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Spruell Chapel United Methodist Church in Smithville with the Rev. Jeffery Riddle officiating. Burial followed in the New Hope No. 2 Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Henry Patrick of Smithville; four sons, Harvey (Judy) Walton and Gary Patrick, both of Smithville, Elmer C. Walton of Palmetto and Kevin (Sherry) Patrick of Amory; one daughter, Lottie (Eric) Patrick Dillion of Smithville; two brothers, Robert Walton of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Roosevelt (Margie) Hatten of Plantersville; four sisters, Nettie (Gillie) Walton and Cilla (Willis) Walton, both of Grand Rapids, Suzette (James) Hughes of Verona and Helen Burks of Shannon; one brother-in-law, David (Betty) Cantrell of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by three children, one grandchild, three sisters and four brothers.

Fletcher Lindsey
HAMILTON – Fletcher R. Lindsey, 58, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was a member of Bethel M.B. Church in Hamilton. An avid motorcyclist, he was a member of the Easy Riders Motorcycle Club.
Services were at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Bethel M.B. Church. The Rev. Robert Williams officiated. Burial was in Bethel Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Lindsey of Hamilton; one son, Stanley Lindsey of Amory; five daughters, Sandra Johnson of Baton Rouge, La., Renida Guyton of Caledonia, Susie Pierce of Powder Springs, Ga., Sabrina Lindsey of Marietta, Ga., and Satrina Lindsey of Hamilton; four brothers, Dennis Jr., David and Horace Lindsey, all of Hamilton, and Robert Earl Lindsey of Grand Rapids, Mich.; four sisters, Mary Lowery of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dorothy Ann Whitfield of Hamilton, Martha Lindsey of Madison, Ill., and Laverne Lindsey of Hamilton; and 16 grandchildren.
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Bobby Plaxico II
AMORY – Bobby Wayne “B.W.” Plaxico II, 34, died on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Oct. 18, 1978, in Amory, he was a son of Glenda Carolyn Mathis Plaxico and Bobby Wayne Plaxico. He went to school at Amory, Hatley, ICC and MSU. He was a former assistant manager with Pizza Hut and was a chef-in-training at Cracker Barrel. He was of the Baptist faith. Teaching himself to play guitar, he enjoyed recording music, writing songs, and playing in the bands Addiction Device, Killjay and Applestein. Fun-loving, kind-hearted and a big bundle of joy, he was passionate about children’s hospitals and his music, and he enjoyed cooking, especially grilling steaks, and rock, indie and country music.
He is survived by his mother, Glenda Plaxico of Amory; his father, Bobby Wayne Plaxico (Kathy) of Aberdeen; brother, James Benjamin “Benji” Powell (Becky) of Aberdeen; niece and nephews, Rebecca Shae Davis, Boyce Brandon, Lee Neal and James Matthew Powell; special friends, Tom Evans and Richard “Bruh” Stockton; an aunt, Wanda Plaxico; an uncle, Jimmy Plaxico; and cousins, Richard Walters, Debbie Walters-Thompson and Poncho Plaxico.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Neal; his grandmothers, Mary Mathis Plaxico and Verde Plaxico; and his grandfathers, Leslie Mathis and Henry Plaxico.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Marshall Eubanks Jr. and Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial followed in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robie Poole, Tom Evans, Clayton Davis, Richard Stockton, Steve Burks, Jimmy Meal and Ricky Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Benji Powell, Brandon Neal and Matthew Powell.
Memorials may be given to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.
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Kenneth Coxey
AMORY – Kenneth Wilson Coxey, 61, died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at his residence. Born on Jan. 3, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan, he was the son of the late Eugene Wilson and Fumiko Coxey. He grew up and attended school in Dayton, Tenn. Moving to Amory in 1971, he farmed and retired from Bahaus Furniture Manufacturing with more than 20 years of service. He attended Bethel Apostolic Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, assembling model cars, playing games, fishing and motorcycle riding.
He is survived by a daughter, Charlene Holt (Joe) of Booneville; sons, Tony Coxey of Amory, Michael Coxey (Ashley) of Pontotoc and Craig Coxey (Angie) of Smithville; grandchildren, Laura, Amber, Joseph and Audriana Holt, Elizabeth Pruitt, Ashley Morris, Justin, Michael, Brian, Abbi and Cameron Coxey.
A celebration of life service was at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Blaylock and Bro. Philip Blaylock officiating. Burial followed in Fig Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dewey Oliver, Jeff Gosa, Sam Williams, Mickey McCullar, Billy McCullar and Jerry Helton.
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Lorene Box
AMORY – Lorene Edwards Box, 90, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at her home. Born Dec. 24, 1921, she was a daughter of Thomas and Lavada Lewis Edwards. She married Earnest Box and he died in 1976. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress for Amory Garment Co. for 50 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, her flowers and spending time with her family. A woman of faith, she was a member of Splunge First Free Will Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dale Ford and Bro. Cody Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Holley of Amory and Joyce Tubb (Doyle) of Charleston; eight grandchildren, Mitzi Frederick (Will), Tammy Marrison (Tim), Kimberly Jarrett (Steve), Petey Bennett (Vickie), Jeannie Newell (Brent), Darlene Evans (Rickey), Sharon Martindale (Randy) and Wade Tubb (Rhonda); 25 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death her parents; son-in-law, Hershell Holley; one son, David Wesley Box; three sisters, Louise Patterson, Eva Mae Colburn and Geneva Duke; and one brother, William Edwards.
Pallbearers were Wade Tubb, Petey Bennett, Rickey Evans, Jr., Johnny Hawkins, Cliff Martindale and Tim Marrison.
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Wes Hall
AMORY – Albert Wesley Hall, 39, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation is 10 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Robert Cook
Caledonia – Robert O. Ball-Cook, age 85, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born August 10, 1927, to Orville Washington Ball and Jennie Marguerite Shook in East Alton, Illinois. He lived in Lowndes County for the past 11 years. He retired from the U. S. Navy as Chief Aviation Petty Officer. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Funeral Service with military honors were at 11:00 a. m., November 30, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Dennis Sullivan officiating. Burial was Dec. 1, in Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainsville,Georgia.
Survivors include his wife, Claytina D. Young Cook of Caledonia; one daughter, Pam Donahue of Panama City, Fla.; one son, Robert Michael Cook and wife, Evonne, of Gainsville, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Angela Evans, Joshua Cook, Brandon Carden, Dylan Donahue,Oliver Donahue, Zachariah Donahue, and Elijah Donahue; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Lowndes County Humane Society.
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