Obituaries Dec. 12, 2012

Wes Hall
AMORY – Albert Wesley Hall, 39, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Feb. 7, 1973, he was a son of David Hall Sr. and Reba Gail Peppers King. He grew up in Amory and attended Amory schools. He played football for Amory High School. He worked in construction as a roofer and he was a member of the Harvest Temple Church of God. A family man, he cherished the time spent with his two sons. He was avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Jeff Brooks and Bro. David Hall Jr. officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother, Reba King (Larry) of Amory; his father, David Hall Sr. (Dee) of Pontotoc; two sons, Tommy Lucas Hall and Wesley Logan Hall, both of Amory; one sister, Kimberly Watson (Joe) of Stamping Ground, Ky.; two stepsisters, Sky Harmon of Pontotoc and Candace Spruill of Calhoun City; three brothers, David Hall Jr. (Glenda) of Pontotoc, Rocky Hall (Shanda) of Tupelo and Kenny Hall of Pontotoc; six stepbrothers, Will Harmon, Chris King, Joey King, Nicholas King, Andy Spruill and Thomas Spruill; his grandmothers, Margie Peppers of Hardy, Ark., and Helen Hall of Pontotoc; the mother of his children, Amanda Lowder of Amory; and nieces and nephews, Caleb and Laken Hall, and Collin Watson.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Arnie Wesley Peppers and John Hall; two aunts, Carolyn Johnson and Peggy Moffett; and one stepbrother, Leslie King.
Pallbearers were  family and friends.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Dorcas Kimbrough
ABERDEEN – Dorcas Dodd “Pee Wee” Kimbrough, 55, died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on March 30, 1957, in Sikeston, Mo., she was a daughter of Frances Lorene Barnett Long and the late Joseph Asbury Dodd. Living in Monroe County most of her life, she attended Becker School. She married Woodson D. Kimbrough on March 3, 1991. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked as a seamstress in the garment and furniture industries and as a cook at Pickle Barrel. She was of the Baptist faith. A sweet, good-hearted lady who would help anyone, she was a great cook, known for her wonderful dressing. She adored her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed driving and going places; crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, quilting; and country and gospel music.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Frances and Bobby D. Long of Aberdeen; son, Donald Eugene Colburn (Mary) of Clarksville, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Penny Kimbrough of Amory; brothers, Douglas Long (Gwen) and Ivan Long (Julie), all of Amory; grandchildren, D.J. and Robert Colburn; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Rhonda Shotts of Shannon.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial followed in Camp Cemetery.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodson D. Kimbrough; daughter, Cynthia Darlene Colburn; and son, Robert Leonard Dodd.
Pallbearers were Jesse and Mark Barnett, Cory and Dustin Long, Randy King, Chris Darby and Jonathan Beard. Honorary pallbearer were Ricky Barnett.
Memorials may be given to Mississippi Kidney Foundation, 3000 Old Canton, Suite 110, Jackson, MS 39216.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sharon W. Moon
AMORY – Sharon W. Moon, 62, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Gilmore Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Conroe, Texas, on June 26, 1950, to Harris G. and Barbara Hayes Wood. She grew up in and attended school in Louisville. She was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Community Bible Study. Living the Christian life to the best of her ability, she studied the Bible extensively and always sought to help others. She was very active in community outreach programs. She loved her family very much and enjoyed cooking the Cajun way, reading, watching TV, traveling, especially to Rome and Israel, and keeping up with family and friends on Facebook.
She is survived by her parents; her husband, John Moon of Amory; son, Paul W. “Rusty” Singleton (Stacey) of Tennessee Colony, Texas; stepsons, Gavin J. Moon (Rebecca) of Covington, Ga., and Darrell Moon (Ronda) of Corinth; brothers, Danny Metzinger of Arizona, Sam Wood of Jackson and Patrik Wood of Memphis; grandchildren, Michael White, Christopher Singleton, Julie Fogarty (John), Theresa Moon, J.P. Moon and Caitlin Moon (Scott); and great-grandchildren, McKason Singleton, Lilli Caite Burcham and Andrew Strickland.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweat officiating. Burial followed in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Andrew Allen, David Roberts, Steve Reeves, Rex Coker, Van Burroughs and David Best.
Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, P.O. Box 544, Amory, MS 38821 or First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Myrtle Brown
FULTON – Myrtle Lois Brown, 82, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. Born Nov. 11, 1930, in Hamilton, she was a daughter of the late Ira Griffin and Willie Bell Noe Brown. She attended Becker School. She was a retired seamstress with Amory Garment. A spiritual person and the youngest of nine children, she was the monarch of her family. Feisty and full-of-life, she enjoyed being with family and friends, her cats, reading, working puzzle books, embroidery and cooking. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 4490, of Aberdeen.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Volene Lois Edwards Brown Walkers of Corinth; nieces and nephews, William Doyle Brown (Barbara) of Brandon, Donnie Brown (Debra) of Mooreville, Iris Brown Pearson (Jack) of Amory, Jan Brown Speck (Don) of Blue Springs, Barbara Brown Hutson (Bart) of Amory, Gail Barnes of Golden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Glo Brown; brothers, William Alvis (Edna Mae Bobo) Brown, Arvil Wilburn (JoAnn Varner Grant) Brown, Jessie Audis (Geneva Mae Cantrell) Brown, Artice Brown, Hershal C. (Marvel) Brown, John Bankhead “J.B.” Brown, Ira Darling “R.D.” (Eunice Elsie Malone) Brown; nieces, Judith Eileen Brown Jones, Myra Elizabeth Brown Flurry, and Kathryn Hoey Brown; and nephews, Jack Arvil Brown and John Charles “Pete” Brown.
A Gathering of Family and Friends was held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Wren. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, P.O. Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sara Gilreath
AMORY – Sara Pearl Roberts Gilreath, 94, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare Center in Columbus. Born on March 24, 1918, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Wood Jefferson and Sweet Atkins Roberts. She was a graduate of Pine Grove School. In 1946, she married Maurice Thomas Gilreath. For many years, she and her husband managed Sherman’s Department Store. In 2003, she retired from Dollar General Stores. Strong in her faith and trust and love for the Lord, she was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. A very giving and loving lady, she was always optimistic and positive, would help anyone in need, and loved her grandchildren. With work being her hobby, she was a supporter of the American Diabetes Association, enjoyed keeping up with the news and politics, and doing for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Tommy Gilreath (Patricia) of Amory; grandchildren, Josh R. Gilreath (Ashlea) of Starkville, Adam W. Gilreath (Ashle) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Natalie Gilreath of Amory; and great-grandchildren, Jet and Eva Cate Gilreath of Starkville.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lois Brown and Willa Mae Roberts.
A graveside service was at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Haughton Memorial Park with Bro. Josh Gilreath officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were Ken Randolph, Jake Randolph, Roy Randolph, Bill Kyle, Bill Clements and Robert Gilreath. Honorary pallbearer was Adam Gilreath.
Memorials may be given to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com

Annie Maxey
SMITHVILLE – Annie Mae Brown Maxey, 64, died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Dec. 13, 1947, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late George and Annie Sue Anderson Brown. She married Sidney Maxey in 1985. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress in the garment industry and also was a baby sitter. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Bigbee Baptist Church and she enjoyed studying her Bible and listening to Christian music. Her hobbies include painting, sewing, working in the yard with her flowers, and going to yard sales. She especially loved her dog, Lacy.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Sidney Maxey of Smithville; one daughter, Wanda Ann Little of Red Bay, Ala.; two sons, Randy Wayne Rogers (Donna) of Vina, Ala., and Scotty James Rogers of Golden; five sisters, Margie McAfee of Amory, Ruth Hallmark of  Topeka, Kan., Virginia Bowen of Amory, Jeanette Bowen of Amory and Shelia Williams of Baldwyn; one brother, Jerry Brown of Baldwyn; and four grandchildren, Anthony James Little, Nathan Andrew Little, Kellie Sue Rogers and Jonathon Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ricky Dean Rogers; and three brothers, Jody Brown, Gene Brown and James Earl Brown.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Curtis McCartney
AMORY – Curtis Elton McCartney, 88, died on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born Feb. 14, 1924, he was a son of the late Joe Carl and Beulah Smith McCartney. A graduate of Winters High School, he worked in sales with R.E. Janes Gravel Co. Inc. in Abilene before his retirement. He married Rheba Guy; she died in January 2012. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the 11th Airborne Division from 1943-1946. A family man and a man of faith, he was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Church in Amory and the Gideon’s International. His hobbies were playing dart ball and dominoes.
A private graveside service was at 11 a.m. on Dec. 11,  at the Texas State Veterans’ Cemetery in Abilene. A memorial service was at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Abilene Funeral Home with Butch Pesch officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory and Abilene Funeral Home are in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Arlena McCartney Stevens (Thomas) of Amory; one sister, Martha Blackerby of Dallas; one brother, Jim McCartney of Austin; a granddaughter, LuAnn Stevens Green; and a great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Ann Green.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rheba McCartney; three sisters, Lois Brooker, Lillian Eubanks and Vivian Foster; and one brother, Vernon McCartney.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International or to a charity of choice.

Polly Anna Jones
ABERDEEN – Polly Anna Gunn Jones, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born April 6, 1924, to Marion “Dude” Gunn and Polly Anna Gunn in the Egypt community. She lived in St. Louis almost 60 years, returning home three years ago. Her love of children helped her rear more than 40 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and foster children. Her passion was cooking for and helping everybody.
Services were at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Poplar Spring Methodist Church with Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial was in the Oddfellows Cemetery at Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are three daughters, Doris Fair of Centerville, Ill., Diane Jones and Denise Jones, both of Aberdeen; a son, Henry Jones of St. Louis; 40 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Oscar Poss
AMORY – Oscar T. Poss, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born July 22, 1927, in Chickasaw County, he was a son of Andrew Augustus “Gus” and Bobbie Lee Townsend Poss. He married Alvada Marie Francis on Nov. 20, 1948. He attended Okolona, Aberdeen and Wren schools. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Panama with the Military Police. He worked for Dryden Manufacturing Company, Atlas Truck Body as plant manager and later at Aircap Industries in research and development. He lived in Wren until moving to Amory in 2010. He was a member of Wren Baptist Church and enjoyed bowling, working in his machine shop and traveling.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Poss and Dr. Allen Simpson Officiating. Burial with Military Honors followed in Maxey Cemetery.
He is survived by his son, Tony Poss of Amory; brother, Bro. Bobby Poss (Carol) of Phil Campbell, Ala.; sister Mary Fletcher Williams of Amory; nieces, Jennifer Duncan (Chris), Darnell Collums (Philip) and Maedean Allbrittion (Bud); nephew, Roy Armstrong; great-nieces, Camille Collums, Gracie Duncan and Elisabeth Oliver; great-nephews, Daniel Williams (Kelli), Skyler and Cade Oliver, Bud Allbrittion Jr., Jacob and Issac Duncan; and great-great-nephews, Owen, Braden and Colton Williams.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Larry Williams.
Pallbearers were David Poss, Charles Pate, Daniel Williams, Philip Collums, Billy Nicholson, Bud Stevens and Chris Duncan. Honorary pallbearers were Tiger Adams, Harold Riley, Buddy Sullivan, Thomas Allen Rooker and Sank Owen.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

George Walker
AMORY – George “Dancing” Walker, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Center. Born March 12, 1947, in Ferriday, La., he was a son of Sylvester and Rosie Walker. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Amory. He attended school in Ferriday, La., where he was known for his art work. He was a former employee of W.F. Newell Construction Co. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, was a very good dancer and was better known as the dance machine, was an artist by trade and just loved to draw. He loved his family and friends.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Deon Johnson officiating. The body will be deposited in the river of waters following the church services. Darden and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his loving wife, Priscilla Walker of Amory; six sons, George Sanders of Miami, Fla., Antonio Barton and George Walker Jr., both of Los Angeles, Calif., Dan Chest of Springfield, Mass., Exzavier and Demond Latham, both of Amory; three daughters, Felicia Knight of Los Angeles, Krishia and Alison Walton, both of Amory; two brothers, Sylvester Walker of Ferriday, La., and Ted Walker of Garden Grove, Calif.; two sisters, Mary and Jacqueline Atkins of LaPlace, La.; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Joe Atkins; and a sister, Cleo Hughes.

Flemon Danner
HAMILTON – Flemon Danner died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus. He was born May 5, 1941, in Hamilton to Dorothy Huchinson.
Services will be at noon Dec. 12 at Valley Chapel Church in Hamilton with the Rev. Benjamin Wax officiating. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Danner; sons, Arthur Danner (Denise) of Killeen, Texas, and Flemon Danner Jr. of Hamilton; step-children, Reggie Danner of Killeen, Brenda Lee, Carl Lee, Kasandra Johnson and Teddy Demon Danner, all of Hamilton; sisters, Annie Brock, Brenda Danner, both of Hamilton, Cora, Lizzie and Tanya, all of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, James Danner (Catherine) of Columbus, William Danner Jr. and Lewis Danner, both of Chicago; and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by sons, Robert Danner and Bradley Danner.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.