Obituaries Jan. 16, 2013

Billy Hill
HAMILTON – Billy E. Hill, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born July 31, 1935, in Nettleton, he was a son of the late William and Anna Belle Richardson Hill. He married Patricia Grubbs Hill in 1961. He grew up and attended school in Nettleton. He was a member of Cornerstone Family Fellowship in Amory. He worked as an independent insurance salesman. A man trusting in God’s Word, his faith was evident up to the final hours of his life. A family man, some of his greatest joys and memories were of times spent with his wife, children and grandchildren whom he enjoyed cooking for. A man with a great sense of humor, he enjoyed listening to Southern gospel music, telling stories, and fishing and hunting with his sons, often taking trips to Colorado for elk hunting.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Patricia Hill; daughters, Carol Barnett (Ricky), Amory, Leticia Chism (David), Hamilton, Lorie Riddle (Neil), Caledonia; sons, Donny Hill (Beverly), Nettleton, Shawn Hill (Dana), Amory; sisters, Sheila Hill, Belden, and Teresa Hill, Amory; brother, William Hill Jr., Memphis; 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at Cornerstone Family Fellowship in Amory with Bro. Malcom Tidwell, Bro. Greg Huguley and Bro. Charles Petty officiating. Burial followed in New Prospect Cemetery.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Humbers, and a son, Terry Joe Hill.
Pallbearers were Buddy Hill, James Cook, Homer Cook, Johnny Cook, David Tidwell and John Ward.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Charles Kinsey
HATLEY – Charles G. Kinsey, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at his residence. Born Dec. 20, 1931, he was a son of the late Albert Eddie Kinsey Sr. and Fannie Musclewhite Kinsey. He married Betty Mangum Kinsey in 1959. He grew up and attended school in Attala County. He was a member of Hatley Missionary Baptist Church and a Korean War veteran. He was retired from Georgia Gulf. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time with his family, playing music and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty; daughters, Tiawana Kinsey and Melanie Sudduth, both of Amory; brother, J.R. Kinsey (Billie) of Olive Branch; sister, Ruby Oulette of Memphis; grandchildren, Shaun Kinsey, Brittany Ausbon, Glenn Reese, Jessica Reese and Cory Kinsey; great-grandchildren, Katlynn Kirkland and Daniel Reese; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Van Kinsey; four sisters; and two brothers.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sidney McLeod and Bro. Dean Smith officiating. Burial followed in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Glenn Zwakh, Harry Tomazak Jr., Jody Cagle, Brian Oulette, Allen Williams and James Reese. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Gerald Parker, Carl Lindsey, Wayne Lindsey and John Walden.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Gerald Rollins
SMITHVILLE – Gerald Daniel Rollins, 74, died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Born July 19, 1938, in Birmingham, Ala., he was the son of the late Carl Daniel and Mary Foshee Rollins. He married Shirley Jean Thompson in 1963; she died in 1999. He was a graduate of Birmingham schools and he enjoyed playing the guitar. He was a ham radio enthusiast and operated station W5KJQ. Before his retirement, he was a station engineer for Mississippi ETV. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at Maxey Cemetery in Smithville with Bro. James Austin officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Wayla Hunter of Aberdeen; one son, Brian D. Rollins (April) of Smithville; six grandchildren, Melanie Bennett, Kaitlin Armstrong, Courtney Mills, Ashley Raper, Seth Rollins and Summer Rollins; and seven great-grandchildren, Braylon, Wesley, Aliyah, Abby, Landon, Rayleigh and Haley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Thomas Fraser
ABERDEEN – Thomas William Fraser, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 13, 1924, in Montana. He was retired from Walker Manufacturing.
Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Amy Smith (Ed) of Aberdeen; two sons, Randy Fraser of Aberdeen and Ronny Fraser (Patty) of Stevenspoint, Wis.; one sister, Jenora Pearson of Culver, Ind.; three brothers, Charles Fraser of Oregon, James Fraser of California and Davie Fraser of Illinois; four grandchildren, John Taylor Smith, Danny Fraser, Miranda Fraser and Scott A. Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Fraser.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Reba Robinson
HAMILTON – Reba Keeton Robinson, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Tishomingo County to Marshall Albert and Jane Goodwin Keeton. She owned and operated Robinson Furniture Company for 32 years. She attended Hamilton United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Hamilton. Tim Wilson officiated. Gunter & Peel Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Jackie Keeton Robinson (Brenda) of Hamilton and Jerry Ricky Robinson (Ruby) of Hamilton; and her grandchildren, Erik Robinson of Leighton, Ala., and Cody Robinson of Hamilton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper “Jack” Robinson, and granddaughter, Amy Robinson.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Joyce Brown
AMORY – Joyce Pennington Brown, 89, died on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Oak Tree Plantation, Amory. Born on July 2, 1923, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Emit R. and Vedda Tubb Pennington.
She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1941. On Jan. 10, 1942, she married Maither Brown. Mrs. Brown was co-owner of Jo-Mil Pastry Shoppe in Amory from 1968-1984, where cake decorating was her specialty. Cherishing her church, she and her husband were charter members of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. A loving and sweet lady who cared for everyone, Mrs. Brown’s favorite things in life were her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and pets, especially her Boston terrier, Katie Bell. A wonderful cook, she enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, particularly during the holidays. Very competitive when playing cards, Mrs. Brown loved Canasta and was a member of the same Canasta Club for over 50 years. She was an avid Bridge player, competing and winning many tournaments in North Mississippi.
She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn McKenzie (Wayne), Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Dorinda Miller (Lee), Amory; grandchildren, Warren McKenzie (Jamie) and Melanie McKenzie Webster (Scott); great-grandchildren, Blaine and Callie Joyce McKenzie; and Wilson, Wyatt and Wade Webster; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, John David McKenzie; and brothers, Erie, Clyde, Okla, Candler, Jessie and Stanley Pennington.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Sisk and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wayne Thompson, Doyle Harris, Skip Miles, Thomas Griffith, Blaine McKenzie, Wyatt Webster, Doug Pennington and Wade Webster. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Brown, Carol and Jerry Williams, Hal Rogers, Wanda and Larry Rorie, Otis Cowan and James Burrow.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 545, Amory, MS 38821 or to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Margrette Welch
HAMILTON – Margrette V. Welch, 76, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born in Belk, Ala., to Amos Vice and Willie Kate Kennedy. She was a life long resident of Monroe County. She was a retired seamstress. She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home with Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters; Deborah Webb (David) of Aberdeen and Rebecca Jones of Aberdeen; three sons, Lester Welch (Reta) of Hamilton, James Welch (Brenda) of Aberdeen and Marvin Welch (Elaine) of Aberdeen; four grandchildren, Crystal Batey of Sulligent, Ala., Lester Welch Jr. of Columbus, Jamie Sellers of Nettleton and April Garrett of Aberdeen; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Marlin Aaron Welch.
Pallbearers were Tommy Crosby, Kenneth Humbers, Mike Cook, Sammy Fields, Ricky Honeycutt and Michael Pennington.
An online guest registry and condolences amy be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Purley Smith
AMORY – Purley Mae Thompson Smith, 88, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at her home. Born Dec. 17, 1924, she was a daughter of Vick and Rosie Rye Thompson. She attended Quincy School and married Horace Smith in 1945; he died in 2001. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress in the area garment plants. Her hobbies included reading, flower gardening, crocheting and knitting. She enjoyed spending time with her family and church family and was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Chuck Moffett and Bro. Ricky Harlow officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheilah Randall of Amory; one son, Jerry Smith of Amory; five grandchildren, Elaine Harris, Tommy Harlow, Ricky Harlow, Vicky Champagne and Dee Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Alisha, Carissa, Chelsea, Misty Jade, Scott, Haley and Brittni; nine great-great-grandchildren, Bray, Colton, Cayden, Alexia, Clayton, Emma Grace, Peyton Lane, Madison and Preston; two step great-great-grandchildren, Caroline and Katlyn; and one brother, Boyd Thompson of Kosciusko.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, R.B. and Carmen Thompson; and one sister, Inez Golden.
Pallbearers were David Harris, Chris McCary, Joey Stewart, Richard Allred, John Wokosin, Bobby Sloan and Tony Champagne.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Annie M. Lee
CHARLESTON – Annie M. Lee, 85, died Jan. 22, 2013, in  Amory. She was a member of Springhill Church of God of Prophecy. She was a homemaker.
Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 13, at Newsom Funeral Chapel, Charleston, with burial at Memorial Gardens. Newsom Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Catherine WIlliams of Pearl and Deborah Ann Smith of Amory; two sons, Curtis Lee of Charleston and Calvin Lee of Amory; a sister, Bertie Reynolds of Pontotoc; a brother, James M. Melton of Webb; 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
She  was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Calvin Lee, and a daughter, Eva Ann Harrison.
Memorials made be made to a charity of choice.

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.