Obituaries Feb. 6, 2013

Harvey Ray Harris
OLEY, Penn. – Harvey Ray Harris, 64, of Oley, Pa., died Jan. 6, 2013, in Reading Hospital & Medical Center. He served in the United States Army and was employed for a number of years at Carpenter Technology. He was an active member of Rajah Shrine Legion of Honor, Tall Cedars and The Blue Lodge for many years. He enjoyed golfing.
He was born in Amory and the son of the late Billy Harris and the Joan Parchman Mize.
Services were on Jan. 11 at Blankenbiller Funeral Home, Inc., in Oley. Burial was in Friedens Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Craig Gregory of Dyersburg, Tenn.; a daughter, Amy Harris of Reading, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Tina and her husband, Jason Bitler, of Oswego, N.Y.; a brother, Bert Mize and his wife, Phyllis, of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlee N. Harris, who died July 4, 2010, and his father, Billy Harris, his mother, Joan Parchman Mize, and his stepfather, Herbert E. Mize Sr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rajah Shrine Legion of Honor, P. O. Box 40, Blandon, Pa. 19510.
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Ruby Williams
AMORY – Ruby “Mamaw” Williams, 86, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late John Alvin and Lottie Mae Strawbridge Cantrell. She attended Trace Road Schools and played basketball. On July 7, 1945, she married Cecil H. Williams. Having worked as a seamstress at most of the garment plants in Amory, she retired from Penthouse Furniture. While working, she was a mentor to several, in particular the newly hired people. She was of the Baptist faith. Very loving and a friend to many, she was hands-on with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting, find-a-word puzzles, hummingbirds and Gospel Channel 39.
She is survived by her son, John Richard Williams (Janyce) of Becker; sisters, Shirley Martin and Jewel Lyle (Dickie) of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Penny Clay (Alan) of Becker, Tammy Brown (David) of Amory and Rusty Williams (Cindy) of Amory; great-grandchildren, Josh Brewer, Jessica Brewer, Kara Brown, Kayla Oliver (Jason), Cody Brown, Connor Brown, Kirk Roberts and Laken Williams; great- great-granddaughter, Jenna Pickle; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Brown; brothers, Hoyet Cantrell, Lewis “Buck” Cantrell, Joe Cantrell, John Cantrell Jr. and F. Wayne Cantrell.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Todd officiating. Burial followed in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rusty Williams, Cody Brown, Alan Clay, Garry Sawyer, Robert Lucas and Larry Chism. Honorary pallbearers were the Staff of River Place Nursing Center.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice or Becker Baptist Church, P.O. Box 83, Becker, MS 38825.
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Addie Mae Allen
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo; – Addie Mae Allen, 94, of Blue Springs, Mo., passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Shangri La Care Center in Blue Springs. She was born April 12, 1918, in Hatley to Henry and Liddy Nash Tate. She had worked for a number of years as a shipping clerk for Montgomery Ward. She enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls, listening to gospel music and, most of all, spending time with her family.
Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Mo. Burial was in Mt. Washington Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Wallace and her husband, Lex, of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, Jim Tipton and his wife, Sherry, of Hamilton; seven grandchildren, Chastity Mae Green, Doug Ruth, Brandon Lane Tipton, Clint Sterlin Wallace, Leanne Ritter, John Ritter and Thomas Junior Ritter; nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Gabriel Tipton in 1998; two sons, Thomas Ritter and Sonny Ritter; a grandson, Buddy Green in 2003.
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Daisy Fudge
ABERDEEN – Daisy Howell Fudge, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. She was a member of Smith Chapel Holiness Church, where she served on the Mother and Missionary Boards.
Services were at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at Smith Chapel Holiness Church with Pastor Mammie Parks officiating. Burial was in Beeks Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge.
She is survived by one son, Adam Fudge of Aberdeen; one daughter, Tracy Strong (Wes) of Aberdeen; one brother, Wilbert Howell of Aberdeen; one sister, Mary Lizzie Howell of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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Jan P. Carr
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Jan Poe Carr, 61, died on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Born on June 28, 1951, in Amory, she was a daughter of Clara Doris Poe Burroughs and the late Tom Poe. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1969. She attended Itawamba Junior College and Belhaven University in Jackson. She honorably served in the U.S. Army. Possessing a vibrant spirit, she loved life and cherished time with all of her family. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, baking, flower and herb gardening. She looked forward to going to antique sales with her husband, collecting old records and antique furniture. While living in Amory, she attended Central Grove Baptist Church.
A celebration of life memorial service was at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at Bartlett Funeral Home, Bartlett, Tenn. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory assisted the family locally.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Carr of Bartlett, Tenn.; mother, Clara Doris Poe Burroughs of Columbus; daughter, Miranda McKitchen of Bartlett; granddaughter, Maleiya McKitchen of Bartlett; sister, Donna Clement of Frankfort, Ky.; brother, Tommy Poe of Amory; nephews, Clay Clement of Richmond, Ky., and Thomas Poe of Tampa, Fla.; and niece Krysti Poe of Amory.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Vance Burroughs.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
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Moby Wildman
NETTLETON – James Richard “Moby” Wildman, 56, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 18, 1957, in Lee County to Buddy and Marie Richardson Wildman. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and a graduate of Nettleton High School. He was a former factory worker and a member of the Nettleton Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, NASCAR and being with his family.
Services were at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Danny C. Birks and the Rev. Benjamin Luttrell officiating. Cremation followed.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Richardson Wildman of Nettleton; his wife, Ruthy Carol Shuffield Wildman of Nettleton; two daughters, Kimberly D. Wildman Raper (Billy Joe) of Tupelo and Ashley Wildman McCullar (Tim) of Pontotoc; one stepdaughter, Amy D. Seymore Mobley (Brian C.) of Amory; one stepson, Michael G. Seymore (fiancée, Linda) of Nettleton; three grandchildren, Madison Raper, and Kassie and Brandon McCullar; three stepgrandchildren, Jacob and Drew Mobley, and Colton Smith; a special friend, Kenny Joe Homan; and a host of aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, James William Wildman Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Joe Homan, Richard Schlicht, Stevie Shackelford, Richie Strickland, Tony Riley, Darren Inmon and Justin “Judd” Duran.
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Linda Miller
HAMILTON – Linda Sykes Miller, 62, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. She was born March 30, 1950, to Durley Sykes and Lois Chandler Sykes in Aberdeen. She lived in Hamilton for the past seven years. She was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church, and she worked as a factory worker in the garment industry.
Services were at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore officiating. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Ewalla Kay Jordan (Glenn) of Aberdeen and Darlene Burroughs (Gary) of Nettleton; one stepdaughter, Tammy Miller of Greenville; two sons, Daniel Dewayne Harris (Donna) of Leland Terrell Wayne Harris (Valerie) of Nettleton; two stepsons, David Miller and Jody Miller (Misty), all of Greenville; four sisters, Carolyn Walker of Aberdeen, Martha West (Ronnie) of Aberdeen, Brenda Walker of Hamilton and Durlynn Lavender (Glenn) of Aberdeen; two brothers, James Sykes of Hamilton and Frank Sykes (Martha) of Aberdeen; 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George Miller.
Pallbearers were Lane Tyler, Colt Tyler, Zachary Jordan, Timothy Jordan, Halon Kelly and Rex Kelly. Brent Barnett was an honorary pallbearer.
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Nelda Pickle
HAMILTON – Nelda Malone Pickle, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Dec. 10, 1930, to Cleve Malone and Celia Smith Malone, in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, where she was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and a member of New Prospect Church.
Services were at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Dobbs (Scott) of Hamilton; three sons, Woodie Pickle (Theresa) of Hamilton, Tracy Pickle (Grace) of Hamilton and Chris Pickle (Missy) of Amory; one sister, Doris M. Holman of Hamilton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three special caregivers, Marian Gates, Gale Holiday and Brenda Danner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Grafton C. Pickle Jr.; and twin sister, Velda Malone.
Pallbearers were Wayne Malone, Mike Holman, William Holman, Donnie Dill, Josh Coleman and Ricky Thompson.
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Patricia Johnson
ABERDEEN – Patricia Ann Johnson, 62, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory.
Services were at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Van Dale Hudson and the Rev. Philip D. Craddock officiating. Interment was at Pearce Chapel Cemetery in Smithville. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, J.L. Johnson of Aberdeen; stepdaughters, Janice Strickland of Aberdeen and June Roebuck of Amory; stepsons, James Johnson of Prairie, Frank Johnson of Amory and John Russell Johnson of Tupelo; and sister, Bobbie Lockhart of Amory.

About Ray Van Dusen

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