Obituaries Feb. 13, 2013

Jettie Brasfield
Smithville – Jettie Laura “Mama Jet” Brasfield, 93, died on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on August 3, 1919, in Pontotoc, she was a daughter of the late Hartwell and Dawny Gregory.
She attended schools in Pontotoc. On August 23, 1934, she married Bascom Brasfield. After 40 years of service as a seamstress, she retired from working in the local pants factory. She was a member of Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. A sweet and hard-working lady, Mrs. Brasfield enjoyed working in her flowers and garden, cooking fish at The Plantation, playing bingo with her friends and Country and Gospel music.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Sanderson (Robert), Smithville; son, Tommy Brasfield, Sr. (Helen), Northport, Ala.; sisters, Net Stevens, Smithville and Mae Milligan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers, Albert Gregory, Adamsville, Ala.; grandchildren, Greg Sanderson (Diane), Lynn Sanderson (Kim), Tommy Brasfield, Jr., Michael Brasfield, Jimmy Brasfield (Talisha), Sunny Pace (Steve) and Crystal Ferguson (Ricky); great-grandchildren, Jesse Sanderson, Bobby Lee Sanderson, Starr Perry, David Streets, Beth Streets; Nick and Donovan Turner; Jaylee Pace; and Tommy Brasfield, III; great-great-grandchildren, Trent Sanderson, Megan Streets, Jordan Bray, Lynsey Bray, Sorayla Brasfield, Sadie Laura Brasfield, Stephen Brasfield, and Cody Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m., February 6, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Kelvin Price officiating. Burial followed in Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Greg, Lynn, Jesse, and Bobby Lee Sanderson; Jimmy and Michael Brasfield; and David Streets. Honorary pallbearers were River Place staff.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Gregory and Herman Gregory; sister, Eunice Lann; son, Jerry Lynn Brasfield; and grandson, Gary Sanderson.
Memorials may be given to Pearce Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Buddy Sullivan, 1845 Hwy. 371 S, Nettleton, MS 38858.
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Sheila Kennedy
ABERDEEN – Sheila Annette Kennedy, 40, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Columbus. Born March 21, 1972, she was a daughter of Mike Stanike and Lois Dean Taylor Kennedy. She attended Aberdeen High School. She was the manager of Terry’s Pizza and Deli, and also worked as a babysitter for Robert and Jennifer Tomey. Passionate about the Lord’s work, she was a member of the Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church, where she enjoyed fellowshipping with the youth. She enjoyed going to the movies, volleyball, playing cards and collectable horses.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Ricky Bowen, the Rev. James Terry, the Rev. Cody Kennedy and the Rev. Joseph Kennedy officiating. Burial was in the New Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Mike and Lois Kennedy of Aberdeen; her sister and best friend, Keena Lunea Kennedy of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; two brothers, Michael Darrell Kennedy (Revital) of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Marty Dean Kennedy (Brandi) of Wren; her grandfather, Dexter “Deck” Taylor of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, George Samuel and Norma Kennedy, and Lorain Taylor.
Pallbearers were her two brothers, Michael and Marty Kennedy, and Brad Kennedy, Cody Kennedy, Zack Kennedy, Matt Kennedy, Jamie Bailey and Austin Pennington. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Terry, Winford Terry Jr., the Rev. James Terry, Winford Terry Sr., Daniel Jiminez, the Rev. Austin Bowen and Tanner Tomey.
Memorials may be made to the Sheila Kennedy Fund, c/o Aberdeen First Pentecostal Church, 204 S. Locust St., Aberdeen, MS 39730.
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Mildred Hyder
CODY, Wyo – Mildred “Millie” Hyder, formerly of Aberdeen, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. She was born on Nov. 9, 1928, in Pennington Gap, Va. She attended college at University of the Cumberlands, Ky., majoring in education. She taught school for several years in Tennessee. She married Bert Hampton Hyder Jr. on June 8, 1950. They later moved to San Antonio, Texas, and then to Aberdeen, where they raised their two children. She eventually retired from the Mississippi Welfare Department. She and her husband have lived in Cody, Wyo., under the care of their daughter for almost three years.
She was very involved in her home church, First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, for many years. She was instrumental in her Sunday school class and provided care for many elderly members. She was known as a great “prayer warrior” and for sharing the message of the gospel whenever she had the opportunity. She moved her membership to Yellowstone Baptist Church after moving to Cody, Wyo. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Bert Hampton Hyder Jr., formerly of Aberdeen; a brother, Johnny Skaggs of Kingsport, Tenn.; a son, Bert Hampton Hyder III of Pelham, Ala.; a daughter, India Gayle Hyder King of Cody, Wyo.; grandsons, Hyder King of Cody, Wyo., and Johnathon King of Billings, Mont.; granddaughters, Amy Hyder Saunders and Brandi Hyder Cummins, both of Pelham, Ala.; and four great-grandchildren, all of Pelham, Ala.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 2, at Yellowstone Baptist Church. Pastor Mike McKnight officiated. Ballard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be given to Yellowstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1297, Cody, WY 82414.

Bessie Murphy
AMORY – Bessie Joe Fowlkes Murphy, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on Feb. 6, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Joe M. and Pearl Adams Fowlkes. She was married to the late John Ralph Murphy. Growing up in Becker, she attended Becker School and Antioch Baptist Church, later moving her membership to Gregory Chapel Baptist Church. She worked at Amory Garment and Wilson Manufacturing, and was a caregiver to the elderly until her health began to fail. Growing up in a large family, she knew the value of her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed gardening, baking, fishing, traveling and just being able to sit, talk and laugh with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Doris Murphy Riddle of Tupelo and Shirley Murphy Phillips of Amory; a son, James Ralph Murphy of Amory; grandchildren, Brandy Murphy Hatch (Robert) of Cumming, Ga., Kymberly Murphy, Eric, Stephanie and Amanda Phillips, all of Amory, John Blake Riddle of Tupelo, Lauren Murphy of Amory; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Abby Phillips, Mason Cates, Dylan and Skyler Hatch; a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Janie Irene Fowlkes, Ninnie Tubb, Josie Woods, Mollie Chism and Irene Willhite; and her brothers, Gene, I.B., Charlie, George, John Henry and Joe L. Fowlkes.
A Celebration of Life service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 9 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Kenny Sanders, Jimmy Douglas Tubb, Rickey Moffett, Jimmy Doyle Fowlkes, John Blake Riddle and Eric and Tyler Phillips.
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Tommy Williams
Smithville – Tommy Lane Williams, 75, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on October 24, 1937, in Smithville, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Ruby Green Cowley Williams.
He was a graduate of Smithville High School’s class of 1955. Transferring from IJC, he graduated from Mississippi State University in 1960. He married Katie Blake on December 21, 1963. From 1960 until 1965, he was the assistant manager of Glenn Manufacturing, and from 1966 until 1968, he was the plant manager.  Enlisting as a private in the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1953, he was an Administrative officer, 1st Battalion, 198th Armor Division in Amory from 1969 until 1988.  In 1989, he became the Administrative officer, 1st Cavalry Division in Tupelo until retiring as Colonel in 1992. From 1993 until 1998, he was the safety manager at Amory Garment and the plant manager at Monroe Trouser. Guided by his faith in God, Tommy was an active member of Smithville Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and church treasurer. A family man who lived by example and always put others first, he enjoyed being with family, friends, and watching his grandchildren participate in their sports and other activities. Tommy was a former board member of Monroe County Power Association. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Katie B. Williams, Smithville; daughter, Lisa McNeese (Greg), Smithville; sons, Ken Williams (Chris), Barry Williams (Christy) and Greg Williams (Julie) all of Smithville; sisters, Helen Parham, Mobile, Ala., Carolyn Ford (Jerry), Amory, Judy Stevens (Williams “Bo”), Smithville, and Kathy Harris (Luke), Amory; brothers, R. L. Williams (Shelby), Lynn Creek, Mo., Jimmy Williams (Phyllis), Amory, and Teddy Williams, Smithville; grandchildren, Taylor Williams, Hayden Williams, Claire McNeese, Cole Williams, Katie Beth Williams, Will McNeese, Layne Williams, and Callie Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Williams.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 10, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Chad and Jim Williams; Brad and Brian Stevens; Craig Ford; and Mike Williams. Honorary pallbearers were members and former members of 1-98th Cavalry Regiment in Amory.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
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Nancy Heard
HAMILTON – Nancy Fay Burnett Heard, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Valley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services were at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev Denvil Clark officiated. Burial was in the Sardis Cemetery in Hamilton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge.
She is survived by her mother, Rossie Burnett; two daughters, Regina Heard and Beverly Burnett of Hamilton; four brothers, Cvester Brand, Arthur Burnett (Shirley), Jerry Burnett (Donna) and Danny Burnett (Nina); one sister, Joann Burnett Hill (Robert) of Texas; and three grandchildren

Charles Mills
CAROLINA – Charles L. Mills, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at his home after an extended illness. He was born July 8, 1933, in Itawamba County to Millard and Sybil Johnson Mills. He was a native of Itawamba County, a graduate of Shannon High School and a self-employed painter. He served as a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Master Mason and a member of Richmond Masonic Lodge 97. He was a Baptist and attended Bethel Baptist Church in the Carolina community. Affectionately known as “Pops,” he enjoyed working in his garden, riding his four-wheeler, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Services with Masonic rites were at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Joey Goodwin officiating. Burial was in Wiygul Cemetery in the Carolina community.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Ingle (Joe) of Carolina; two sons, Dale Mills (Margaret) and Hal Mills (Angie), all of Carolina; three sisters, Eldred Jones of Nettleton, Margie Hill (Coy) of Amory and Judy Bland (Bo) of Tupelo; one brother, Donald Mills (Louise) of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Amanda Grace (Adam), Nathan Ingle (Jen), Brian Mills (Quena) and Justin Mills (Tessa); one great-granddaughter, Brilee Mills.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Burma Jean Farris Mills; his parents; and one sister, Ruby Dickerson.
Pallbearers were Nathan Ingle, Brian Mills, Justin Mills, Adam Grace, Brownie Vann and David Hankins.
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Randy Camp
HAMILTON – Bryan Randolph “Randy” Camp, 72, died on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Born Aug. 17, 1940, at Gattman, he was a son of the late Lawrence Roy and Hattie Pearl Noe Camp. He was a 1959 graduate of Aberdeen High School. He worked at Potash, Kerr-McGee and Prairie Chemicals before establishing Camp Construction which later became Camp and Son Construction when his son joined him. He married Delana Thompson with whom he enjoyed spending his afternoons. Known as a loving Christian man, one of his greatest accomplishments was being a cancer survivor. An avid jokester, he also enjoyed building birdhouses and keeping an immaculate yard.
A Celebration of Life service was 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mike Allen officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Delana Thompson Camp of Hamilton; one daughter, Sherry Camp Parkhurst (Scott) of Jackson, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Regina Tubb Poe of Hamilton; one son, Bryan Randy Camp (Michelle) of Amory; two stepsons, Randall Tubb of Hamilton and Robert Tubb of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Charlene Camp Cook (Jimmy) of Columbus and Yvonne Camp Stanford of Aberdeen; one brother, James Arnold Camp of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Swan Spencer (Clint), Nicholas Waldrop (Brittany), Bryce Camp, Bryn Camp, McKynlie Camp, Chad Brahl, Cameryn Tubb, Kaytlin Bohn, Krysti Poe and Thomas Poe; two great-grandchildren, Neely Sha Spencer and Lucas Kyle Waldrop; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Larry Camp, Armond Lee Camp, Eulene Graham, Ofia Lee Silas, Donald Camp, Dorothy Duke and Willadean Collins.
Memorials may be made to 8 Days of Hope, P.O. Box 3208, Tupelo, MS 38803.
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Elizabeth Ann Wilson
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Elizabeth Ann Wilson, 71, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at her residence in Collierville, Tenn. She was born February 17, 1941, to Gifford Sigh and Marie Young Conwill in Hamilton. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School. She lived the past eight years in Collierville. She retired as owner of Wren Body Works.
Services were at 1:00 p. m., February 8, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Helen Sigh of Collierville, Tenn.; one adopted sister, Oradean Ringold of Memphis, Tenn.; one niece, Weezie Horn; one nephew, Bill Ray Sigh; five great-nieces and nephews.
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