Obituaries Dec. 19, 2012

Susan Gray
AMORY – Susan Juanice Gray, 58, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Medical Center. She was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Amory, to Max Earl Gosa and Betty Sue Howell Parham. She married Roger Dale Gray on June 3, 1972. She was a graduate of Hatley High School Class of 1972. She attended East Amory Baptist Church. She was a department manager at Wal-Mart with 24 years of service. Possessing a contagious smile, she was a very kind-hearted lady, who cherished time spent with her family, especially her husband, sons and granddaughter. With the help of her husband, she kept a beautiful yard and flower gardens. She enjoyed oldies and gospel music.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by her sons, Chris Gray of Amory and Cory Gray of New Albany; sister, Leigh Chaney Smith of Smithville; Brother, Les Turman of the Parham Community; granddaughter, Karli Eugenia Gray; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Chaney.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial followed in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy, Charles and Rickey Moreland, Wayne Howell, Mike Riley and Mike Kuykendall. Honorary pallbearers were her fellow employees of Walmart.
Donations may be given to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave.. Dallas, TX 75231.
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Nixola Duncan
AMORY – Nixola Collier Duncan, 99, died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at her daughter’s home. Born Sept. 18, 1913, in Beaverton, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Robert Leslie and Stella Turman Collier. A graduate of Marion County High School in 1933, she married W.J. “Bill” Duncan on July 23, 1933. He died in 1995. Moving to Amory in the early ‘40s, she worked for the area garment industry as a seamstress and worked with her husband operating Duncan’s Steam Laundry and Cleaners, later known as Nu-Way Cleaners in Amory. In her 80s she worked part time for McDonald’s in Amory. A woman of faith, she was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Amory, teaching Sunday school and serving with the Ladies’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, Bible study, history, especially genealogy, gardening, listening to gospel music and especially Bing Crosby Christmas music. She was a lover of pets. Known as a talented quilter, she also collected Fenton and Depression glassware. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Roy McHenry and the Rev. Lloyd Minor. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include two daughters, Anne Sturdivant (Earl) of Aberdeen and Barbara “Bobi” Petters (Darrell) of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren, Bill Barnette, Jim Barnette (Pam), Terri Butler (Dennis), Nicki Wickline (Joe), Cindy Comer (Tommy), Traci Plaxico (Poncho), Nixola Katie Holland Jones, Samantha Holland and Daniel Petters; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant brother, R.L. Collier Jr.; daughter, Kawada Jeane Barnette; and granddaughter-in-law, Georgetta Barnette.
Pallbearers were Bill Burnette, Jim Barnette, Hayes Barnette, Jesse Butler, Jody Comer, Josh Comer and Lee Plaxico. Honorary pallbearers were Hayden Plaxico, Collier Jones, Kelby Wickline, Daniel Petters, Chad Burnette and James Holland Jr.
Memorials may be made to the River Bend Baptist Church Building Fund, 50363 Old Hwy. 25 South, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
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Mac Grissom
AMORY – Roberta “Mac” Grissom, 92, died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on April 17, 1920, in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Mable Long McCurley. She was a graduate of Pittsboro High School and Draughn’s Business School. On Sept. 2, 1942, she married Norbin Grissom. For 35 years, she was a co-owner and operator of City Tire and Appliance Store. After retiring, she worked for People’s Drug Store until her health failed. A devout Christian, she was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Adult I Sunday School class and the Disciple Bible class. Selfless, kind, and a nurturer, she enjoyed working with the public and helping others at every opportunity. Loved by all and full of life, she enjoyed cooking for her family at Christmas; gardening; working in the yard; fishing; cross-stitching; listening to music, especially gospel; watching golf and football, especially the Dallas Cowboys; and family gatherings.
She is survived by her daughters, Betty Macey of Amory and Pat Hamner of Olive Branch; sons, Butch Grissom (Sue) of Amory and Steve Grissom (Margaret) of Nettleton; sister, Nina White of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren, Teresa Monroe (Bob), Cynthia Gilmore (Tom), Robin Huddelson (Cary), Christy Cox, Robert Grissom, Jon Grissom, Wendy Cox (Barry), April Adams (Tommy), Kerri Lange (Bill), Debbie Ledet (Kevin) and Jeni Stephens; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and niece and nephew, Susan W. Hughes and Charles White.
In addition to her parents and her husband of 55 years, she was preceded in death by a son, Mike Grissom; grandson, Spencer Stephens; and brother, Thomas McCurley.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were family and friends. Honorary pallbearer will be Harold Grissom.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials are to be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
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Harold Gateley
AMORY – Harold Brook Gateley, 78, died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born in Amory on July 17, 1934. He was retired from the United States Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.
Services were at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Chris Moody officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Debra J. Childers of Mascoutah, Ill.; one son, David Gateley of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Starr, Crystal, Michael, Amber, Desiree and Matthew; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and a brother, Charles Gateley.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
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Beatrice Lockhart
HAMILTON – Beatrice Cook Lockhart, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Jan. 27, 1945, to Orson Spencer Cook and Katie Oliver Cook Gibson in Aliceville, Ala. She lived the past 40 years in Hamilton, where she was a homemaker. She attended Fig Hill Church.
Services were at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Edward Lockhart of Hamilton; one daughter, Vickie Wilmeth (Brandon) of West Point; two sons, James Edward Lockhart Jr. of Ohio and Steven Lockhart of Kentucky; four brothers, Orson Cook Jr. of Columbus, Jessie Jones (Karen) of Cullman, Ala., William Jones (Billie) of Hamilton and Howard Jones (Martha) of Hamilton; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Kathy Childers; and three brothers, Cecil Jones, Buck Jones and Ora Eugene Jones.
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Ninnie Tubb
BECKER – Ninnie Lee “Sis” Tubb, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at River Place in Amory. She was born May 14, 1922, to the late Joe and Pearl Adams Fowlkes. She was married to the late Jimmy Eugene Tubb.
Ninnie grew up and lived in the Becker area. Being born into a family of 11, family was always important to her. In addition to her daughter and son, Ninnie had a hand in raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ninnie willfully gave of herself, helping others and sitting with the elderly all of her life. She was also a special caregiver to her grandson, Benji. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, cooking her famous banana pudding and fried apple pies for family and friends, and taking afternoon rides with her friend, Mrs. Lois Varnell. Ninnie, or often referred to by many as “Aunt Sis.” will be missed by all who knew and appreciated her kindness and generosity.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Douglas Tubb of Becker; a sister, Bessie; grandsons, Rickey Moffett (Shellie) of Amory, Jamie Worrell (Amy) of Senatobia and Benji Tubb of Becker; great-grandchildren, Chuck and Jake Moffett, Kathryn McDaniel, Drew, Luke and Leigh Shelby Moffett, Hunter and Brandon Worrell, Amber and Nathan Brown; great-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Taylor, Madison and Carlie Moffett; special caregivers, Marcia Hill and Juanita Reeves.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Worrell; granddaughter, Beverly Dawn Moffett; daughter-in-law, Donna Sue Tubb; sons-in-law, Charles D. Moffett and Sammy Worrell; six brothers and four sisters.
A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 15, at Hatley Cemetery with Bro. Robert Fowlkes and Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating.
Pallbearers were Rickey Moffett, Jamie Worrell, Jake Moffett, Drew Moffett, Brandon Worrell, Luke Moffett and Jimmy Doyle Fowlkes. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of River Place, Dr. Roger Ratliff and Joe Chism.
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Betty Smith
KENNEDY, Ala. – Betty Smith, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at her home in Kennedy, Ala. A native of Lamar County, Ala., she was the daughter of Palmer Lee and Ruby Nell Wiggins Foster. She was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. She worked for United Technology in Columbus.
Services were at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Terry Oswalt and the Rev. James Walden will officiate. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Fayette County, Ala.
Survivors include her husband, Wade Leon Smith of Kennedy, Ala.; six daughters, Glenda (Rev. Terry) Oswalt of Fayette, Ala., Linda (Jimmy) Rogers of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Brenda (Jerry) Davis of Hamilton, Nancy (George) Mullins of Nettleton, Henrietta (Larry) Slade of Hamilton and Debra (James) Evans of Calhoun City; one son, Henry Leon (Denise) Smith of Amory; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; one sister, Nellie (Colon) Cork of Fayette, Ala.; two brothers, Herman (Shirley) Foster and Steve (Mary Ann) Foster, both of Kennedy, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Ramona Sanders; and a sister, Virginia Wooten.
Pallbearers were Mike Rogers, Danny Harper, Todd Oswalt, Lane Andrews, Scott Slade, Israel Harper, Dustyn Smith, Jamie Andrews, Jason Smith, Lee Sanders, Shae Slade and Cliff Sanders.

Jackie Coleman
HAMILTON – Jackie O’Neal Coleman, 68, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 21, 1944, in Monroe County to Wyatt Hilton Coleman and Ludie Ozema Andrews Coleman. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a retired operator at CECO Building Supply. He attended Sulphur Springs Primitive Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial was in Egger Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Valerie Elizabeth Dismukes Coleman of Hamilton; one daughter, Sonya Lee Coleman Daniel (Jeffrey) of Spanish Fort, Ala.; one son, Jerry Ray Corbell (Ginger) of Columbus; three brothers, Jimmy Lane Coleman (Doris) of Caledonia, Ernie Doyle Coleman of Bartahatchie and Robert Bennie Coleman of Caledonia; three grandchildren, Brittney Mae Daniel, Lindsey Christine Daniel and Brandon Ray Corbell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, William Wade Coleman and Johnnie Wayne Coleman.
Pallbearers were Sterling Coleman, Matt Coleman, Ron Buchman, Gary Coleman, Bobby Crump and Keith Box.
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Angela Johnson
ABERDEEN – Angela R. Johnson, 34, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church and an employee of United Furniture in Amory.
Services were at noon Dec. 16 at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Pastor Danny Gladney officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Terrell D. and William L. Johnson; one daughter, Deasia R. Johnson; her father, Claude Johnson of Okolona, and her mother, Ada Bell Johnson; two brothers, Tyrone Johnson and LaQuinton Hampton of Okolona; and one sister, Amanda Johnson of Southaven.
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Anne Edwards
AMORY – Anne Edwards, 70, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Golden Living Center. Born on June 11, 1942, in Memphis, she was a daughter of the late Eugene Victor and Amanda Jane Sullivan Trimm. She married Travis Danny Edwards on Oct. 25, 1996. A homemaker, she was an immaculate housekeeper. Having an eye for women’s fashion, she was a buyer for Corvette Department Store in St. Louis, Mo., and Woolco Department Store in Tucson, Ariz. After moving to Amory, she worked in the local garment industry for many years until forced to retire after a car wreck. She attended the Church of Christ. She enjoyed fashion, decorating, fishing, playing cards and country music.
She is survived by her husband, Travis Danny Edwards of Amory; sons, Thomas Parrent of Sikeston, Mo., and Sean Hefferman of Amory; sisters, Betty Jean Steagall of Amory, Barbara Mathis (Jerry) of Cordova, Tenn., Mary Bennett (Randall) and Bea Palazzolo of St. Louis, Mo., and Joan Reeves (Stan) of Amory; granddaughter, Jessica Hefferman of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy, Robert Joe, Eugene Junior and Richard Trimm.
Services were at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Anthony Simmons officiating. Burial was in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike Reeves, Jamie Knight, Chris Pickle, Dustin Simmons and Josh Bennett.
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Tiger Adams
AMORY — James Doyle “Tiger” Adams, 84, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born July 8, 1928, he was a son of the late L. Owen and Jane Myrtle Skelton Adams. He was a graduate of Amory High School and he attended Itawamba Junior College. Before his retirement, he worked for True Temper Sports. Having a love for children and sports, he later worked for the Amory Park and Rec. for many years where he umpired countless ball games and coached many children. He enjoyed visiting with friends and sitting at Wal Mart and McDonald’s. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a Baptist. He was an avid Ole Miss Football fan.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Carol Adams of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Jimbo Adams (Kathy) of Greenwood Springs and Brett Adams of Oxford; one sister, Minnie Mae Adams of Amory; two grandchildren, Jeremy Adams and Taylor Adams; two step grandchildren, Jamy Jones and Brittany Jones Seal (Almon); one great-grandchild, Ayden Brock Adams; two step great-grandchildren, Bella Kate Jones and Dixie Seal; and nieces and nephews, Danny Russell, Burt Adams, Robert Adams, Jr., Carl Adams and Sam Adams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Adams; and one sister, Ernestine Russell.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Russell, Jared Walden-Leavell, Justin Derrick, Tracy West, Larry Leavell, and Rusty Culver. Honorary pallbearer will be Bobby Jones.
Visitation was at 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday evening and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
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Dwight Bunch
CASON – Dwight Bunch, 65, died Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 26, 1947, in Amory, to the late Eulis and Statha Rollins Bunch. He married Linda Hallmark in 1967.
He attended Amory schools and worked as a vendor with Vend Foods, with 20 years of service. A man of Christian values, he was a very caring and giving man who loved to help people. Having a love and a passion to help his neighbors in the Cason Community, Dwight, a former chief, had over 25 years of service with the Cason Volunteer Fire Department. His dedication and commitment to his family, his community, and the CVFD has earned him the respect of many. He loved to spend time with his great granddaughter, Whitney.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Bunch; daughters, Tammy Bunch of West Point and Gloria Spence of Amory; two grandchildren, Nick and Brittany McDaniel; a great granddaughter, Whitney Lynn McDaniel; and an aunt, Maxine Carter.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, J.D. Bunch and a granddaughter, Whitney McDaniel.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Rob Sargent officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Members of the Cason Volunteer Fire Department will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Carter, Jerry Anderson, and Glenn Parish.
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Dorothy Edwards
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Dorothy “Dot” Edwards, 89, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late W.H. and Feona Samples Bullen. She married Jessie Burns Edwards in 1943. She was proud of rearing their three young children following her husband’s death in 1958. Working in the garment industry, she retired after more than 40 years of service. A woman who loved the Lord, she was a member of New Temple Church of God and attended East Amory Baptist Church. Very loving, she was dedicated to her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, quilting, gospel music, and visiting, eating out and shopping with her dearest friend.
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Edwards Fooshee (Harrel) of Amory and Margaret Long of Greenwood Springs; son, Jimmy Lee Edwards (Donna) of Amory; sisters, Mavis McCullar (T.J.) of Hamilton, Ala., Luna Pugh of Tacoma, Wash., and Geneva Barrett of Corbin, Ky.; grandchildren, Richard Long (Kathy), Anthony Fooshee (Marla), Chad Fooshee (Missy), Jennifer Reeves (Steven), Jessica Hendrix (Justin), Deric Edwards, Chase Parham (Kara) and Dylan Edwards; great-grandchildren, Joseph Strickland (Courtney), Will Strickland, April Edwards (Matt), Courtney Fooshee, Casy Peden, Ethan, Emma and Ellie Fooshee, Grace and Audrey Reeves, Matthew and Lauren Fooshee, June Hendrix and Eli Edwards; great-great-grandchildren, Lexius Edwards, and Reed and Cooper Strickland; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, A. B. Bullen; son-in-law, Dale Long; and dearest friend, Beatrice Parker.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Akers and Minister Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Union Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Dale Long, Anthony Harrel Fooshee, Chad Keith Fooshee, Deric Lee Edwards, Dylan Cody Edwards and Chase Parham. Honorary pallbearers will be Casy Peden, Justin Hendrix, Steven Reeves, Will Strickland, Joseph Strickland and Matt Edwards.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to First Friends, P.O .Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
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