Obituaries Jan. 30, 2013

Pat Price
AMORY – Patricia Jeanne Price, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Dec. 19, 1922, in Carbon Hill, Ala., she was a daughter of the late William Farmer and Lois Robison McDonald. She was a graduate of Carbon Hill High School. In 1942, she married James E. “Jim” Price. She was employed more than 20 years with Sears, retiring as store manager in 1979. She enjoyed cooking for her family, especially during the holidays. Residing on Main Street for more than 60 years, one of her favorite things was watching all the activities in the City Park, particularly during the annual Railroad Festival. Also, she enjoyed tending to the azaleas in her yard and playing cards with her Canasta group. She was the last surviving charter member of Beta Sigma Phi and was a member of the Aurora Club. Very caring and loyal, she loved her many friends and her family and enjoyed taking part in all of their activities. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Nesbit, Amory; sons, James E. “Bo” Price (Kay), San Antonio, Texas, and Mack Price (Donna), Canton; grandchildren, Joey Nesbit (Cari Anne), David Nesbit (Anna), Brian Price (Christine), Katherine Price, and Lauren Mooney (Paul); great-grandchildren, John Nesbit, Colby Nesbit, Tripp Mooney, Nicolas Nesbit, and Zachary Price; and nieces, Patsy King-Carroll (Richard) and Marilyn Oyler (Dennis).
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gwen West, and a son-in-law, Billy Nesbit.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Buzz Wilkinson and the Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chuck Burhorn, Phil Armor, Brett Johnson, Frank Peeler, Frank Bates, Lee Miller and Phil Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Parish, Pete Randle, former fellow Sears employees, River Place staff, and Gilmore Memorial RMC staff.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

William Mills
AMORY – William F. “Bill” Mills, 98, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on April 27, 1914, in Guin, Ala., he was a son of Matt and Mary Mills.
He attended school in Guin, Ala. In 1935, he married Myrtle Lee Burks. Working at Johns Manville in Zion, Ill., he retired as a supervisor in 1965 and moved back to Amory. For several years, Mr. Mills operated Hatley Road Furniture. Very outgoing, he never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with folks, especially at his store. He was a Mason with the J.A. Mayfield Masonic Lodge No. 165. He enjoyed going to the casinos, fishing, and squirrel hunting.
He is survived by a daughter, Helen Neblett (Lester) of Verona; sister, Mae Mills of California; grandchildren, Mike Mills, Billy Wayne McAnally, James Mills, Kathy McAnally, and Hubert Franklin Mills Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, Hubert Franklin Mills and Basil Gordon Mills; a great-granddaughter, River Grace Mills; four sisters; and two brothers.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were James, Mike, John, Matt, Jamie and Josh Mills.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Chism
HATLEY – Mary Ann Chism, 48, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 27, 1964, in Amory to Louise Phillips Cox and the late Joe Cox Jr. She married Tim Chism in 2011. She attended Amory Schools. She was a manager at the Best Western Hotel in Aberdeen for several years. She was of the Baptist faith. A very devoted woman to her family, she enjoyed spending time with her husband and shopping with her two daughters. Having a great personality, she worked at Pickles Handi-Mart in Hatley, where she made many treasured friends. She enjoyed crafting, decorating, taking pictures and shopping.
She is survived by her husband, Tim Chism of Hatley; her mother, Louise Phillips Cox of Hatley; daughters, Courtney and Bri Oliver, both of Hatley; son, Chandler Chism of Hatley; brothers, Wayne Cox (Sharon) of Jackson, David Cox of Tupelo, Mike Cox of Smithville, Ricky Cox of Florida and Donald Cox of Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Molly and Chester Cox, and Ed and Mary Mathis.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church on Smithville Road with Bro. Chip Harmon officiating. Burial  followed at Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Phillips, Tony Phillips, Sam Jones, Andy Terri, Jeremy Dillman and Gray Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Raymond, Devan Hurley, Ricky Willhite and Michael Cox.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Laurel Borcicky
TUPELO – Laurel Joyce Bistel Borcicky, 68, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Born July 29, 1944, she was a daughter of Carl E. and Iva Ruth Paris Bistel. A woman of faith, she was a member of the North Boulevard Christian Church. Never meeting a stranger, she gave to all freely and will be remembered for her smile and a warm hug. Before her retirement, she worked as a dental assistant, was secretary at Woody’s TV and a homemaker. Her hobbies included cooking, cake decorating, watching and raising birds, knitting and enjoying spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services were at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the North Boulevard Christian Church in Amory with Bro. Ferman Anderson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Borcicky Sr. of Tupelo; three sons, Robert Borcicky Jr. (Barbara) of Tupelo, Bill Borcicky (Sue) of Amory and Larry Borcicky of Booneville; one daughter, Audrey Beck of Geneva, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Emily Borcicky, Melissa Borcicky, Adam Borcicky, David Cameron, William Beck, Jacob Beck and Michelle Stewart (Joe); two great-grandchildren, Patricia Stewart and Sarah Stewart; one brother, Carl Bistel of Phoeniz, Ariz.; and one sister, Sharon Bistel of Trinidad, Colo.
She was preceded in death by one brother, David Bistel; and her parents.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneral
home.com.

Mary Morgan
AMORY – Mary Halyard Morgan, 88, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born June 29, 1924, in Memphis, Tenn., she was a daughter of Leroy and Willa Johnson Halyard. She married Thomas E. Morgan in 1941. Before her retirement, she worked at Security Bank. She was instrumental in starting and leading the Monroe County Baptist Senior Adult Program and was the chairman of the Amory Triple L Club from its inception until 2012. A woman of faith, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amory where she sang in the church choir and she was very active in various women’s organizations in Amory. A member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was a recipient of the 50-year pin. She enjoyed traveling.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Thomas E. Morgan of Amory; one daughter, Carolyne Reece (John) of West Point; three grandchildren, John T. Reece, II (Kimberly), Jeff Reece (Stephanie) and Morgan Lee Reece (Ronda); and five great-grandchildren, Justin Reece, Tucker Reece, Campbell Reece, John T. Reece, III and Dane Reece.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers were Glen Bingham, Gerald Marion, Lester Cagle, Frank Finney and Bro. Jim Harrington. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilma Stockton Sunday School Class and the Triple L Club.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Senior Adults, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS  38821.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bettie Hollis
SMITHVILLE – Bettie Sue Wallis Hollis, 68, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 13, 1944, she was a daughter of Walter Lee and Ernie Ruby Green Wallis and married Charles D. Hollis. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Green Valley Baptist Church and attended Bethel Baptist Church in Nettleton. Enjoying her daily Bible reading, she also enjoyed playing piano, singing at her church and listening to gospel music. Loving children, she babysat in her home for many years. Her hobbies included attending auctions, playing bingo and visiting with her friends. She loved her little dog, Tippy.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Thomas Neal and Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery in Sherman.
Survivors include her husband, Charles D. Hollis of Smithville; two daughters, Melissa Tutor (Tim) of Shannon and Julie Bray (Matt) of Tupelo; one stepdaughter, Tabitha Baker (Lee) of Booneville; one son, Chris Loden of Mantachie; one brother, Howard L. Wallis of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Dustin Tutor, Andrew and Belle Bray, Will and Jesse Loden, Casey Baker, Catherine Baker and Keegan Baker; and one great-grandchild, Carley Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers were Ben Rollins, James Sullivan, Eddie Leach and Ricky Moffett.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com

Ruby Williams
BECKER – Ruby Williams, 86, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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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.