Obituaries Feb. 20, 2013

Clara Mae King
SMITHVILLE – Clara Mae King, 87, died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born on Dec. 25, 1925, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Arnie and Susie Stafford Knight. She attended Sipsey Fork School. On Nov. 13, 1945, she married Chester Clay King. After 50 years as a seamstress, she retired from the garment industry. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. A great cook who loved her family and was always cooking for them, she was very proud of her sons and grandchildren. In addition to taking care of her family, she enjoyed gospel music.
She is survived by her sons, Chester Wayne King (Linda Kay) of Greenwood Springs, Charles Donald King (Linda Carol) of Greenwood Springs and Willie Washington “Bill” King of Smithville; grandchildren, Rhonda Johnson, Donna Parker, Joseph King, Candy Tacker and Chelsy Hall; great-grandchildren, David Johnson, Mason Stevens, Marlie Stevens, Clay Tacker and Miley Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Alice Stafford, Shirley Wood and Dottie Bennett; and brothers, E.T., Dudley, Dick and R.L. Knight.
A celebration of life service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Wood and Byron Harris officiating. Burial followed in Young Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Bubba Tacker, Mike Johnson, David Johnson, Melvin Parker, Dewey Lee Carruth and Joel Wood.
Memorials may be given to Wesley Chapel Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 106, Detroit, AL 35552.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Edgar Ratliff
AMORY – Edgar M. Ratliff, 83, died on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Nov. 9, 1929, in Memphis, he was the son of the late Audrey and Lela Garrett Ratliff. He graduated from Bartlett High School in Memphis. Before retiring, he was an installer and repairer of elevators in the Memphis area for several companies located there. He later managed several convenience stores in Florida. He was of the Baptist faith. Very generous and having a big heart, he had the gift of making people laugh. He enjoyed fishing, going to the dog and horse races, and telling jokes. Before moving to Amory, he had lived in Memphis, Las Cruces, N.M., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Vancouver, Wash.
He is survived by three daughters, Sedra of Vancouver, Wash., Kathy of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kim “Kate” of Las Cruces, N.M.; three sisters, Lenora Dacus of Wren, Nancy Dacus of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Gail Van Winkle of Cherokee, Ala.; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Janet Peaks, Delores Griffin, Kay Dacus, Sherry Taylor, Shilo Barber, Darla Lockhart, David Dacus, Karen Steen, Michelle Overton, Carl Cunningham Jr., and Janet, Tammy, Carla, Billy, Cheryl and Albert Van Winkle; and three stepchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine; sister, Dorothy Ratliff; nephews, Barry Van Winkle, and Gary and Wayne Dacus; stepson, Mike; and second wife, Charlotte.
A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Pine Grove Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Betty Cantrell
SMITHVILLE – Betty McFarling Cantrell, 76, died on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Born June 15, 1936, in Shannon, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Ruby Cox McFarling. She married William “Dube” Cantrell on Nov. 23, 1963. Before her retirement, she worked in the garment plants in Smithville and Amory. She was a member of the Smithville Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed listening to gospel and country music, cross stitching, word puzzle books, eating at Cracker Barrel and spending time with family.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in the Turon Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Lucas (Dwain) of Greenwood Springs and Mary Moreland (Don) of Amory; one son, Mike Cantrell (Lana) of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, Derek, Daniel, Jason, Misty, Melanie, Selena, W.C., Matt, Jason and Marc; and seven great-grandchildren, Makala, Madison, Randall, Devin, Mia, Bailey and Cameron.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Arthur Glen McFarling.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepickle
funeralhome.com.

Jackie Houston
ABERDEEN – Mavis Montgomery “Jackie” Houston, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born Sept. 17, 1925, to Hilry Delay Montgomery and Esther Ann Watson Montgomery in Ackerman. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen. She retired after 50 years as bookkeeper for Aberdeen Ford Dealerships. She was a member of Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Elder.
Services were at 11 a.m. Feb. 18, at Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Freeman and the Rev. Wayne Bruchey officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Ann Houston Kelly (Danny) of Oxford; one son, Joseph Houston of Aberdeen; one brother, Al Montgomery and wife, Bonnie, of Weir; three grandchildren, Joseph Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly and Daniel Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph E. Houston Jr.; an infant daughter; and a sister, Audrey Lorraine Montgomery.
Pallbearers were Monty Montgomery, Steve Montgomery, Steve Clark, Tyson Langston, Joseph Kelly and Daniel Kelly.
Honorary pallbearers were the Rev. Sandra Sisson, Billy Hitt, Frances Craig and Bradley Lipsey.
Memorials may be made to Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Alva Jackson
BARTAHATCHIE – Alva Nell Jackson, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born Oct. 13, 1933, to Jerry W. Vaughn and Viola Mae Honeycutt Vaughn in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of Sulfur Springs Primitive Baptist Church.
Services were at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Phillip Lindsey officiating. Burial was in Cockerham Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jackson of Fayette, Ala., and Belinda Graham of Bartahatchie; one son, Stanley Jackson (Terissa) of Sulligent, Ala.; one stepson, Dennis Jackson of Caledonia; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Lamar Jackson; two sisters, Madie Lou Dahlem and Ruthie Mae Blair; and a brother, J.B. Vaughn.
You can sign the register book and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Marie Burlison
AMORY – Marie “Granny” Burlison, 91, died on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center.  Born on August 3, 1921, in Detroit, Ala., she was a daughter of the late John T. and Ila B. Loggains Gilmore.
She married David Reno Burlison in 1938, and they moved to Amory in 1955.  Granny worked as a seamstress at Amory Garment.  Growing up during the Great Depression, she was a hard-worker who got the most out of everything.  A woman of faith, Granny was a member of Bethel Apostolic Church.  One who enjoyed spoiling her family and loved to have fun, her hobbies were gardening, quilting, fishing, and listening to Country and Gospel music.  Granny is remembered by her great-granddaughter, “The world won’t be the same without her.”  Along with her husband, they were proud of owning their home.
She is survived by her son, David Burlison, Sr. (Terri), Quincy; sisters, Audrey Duncan, Zion, Ill., and Mag Pointkowski (Wally), Buffalo, NY; daughter-in-law, Brenda Hathcock Burlison, Amory; grandchildren, Teresa Hugley, Tonia Elam, Leah Walters, Janice Bounds, Janis Davis, David Burlison, Jr., Sandra Boetel, and Marty Stuthers; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and a large number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James Edward “Hank” Burlison; grandson, Randy L. Burlison; sisters, Josie Majors, Luvenia Twiner, Arzina Hill, and Jessie Gilmore; and brothers, Murry, Opal, Bud, and Burdine Gilmore.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m., February 19, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Coy Hill and Bro. Stanley Blaylock officiating.  Burial followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Pat Gilmore, J. B. Burlison, Nathan Snider, Tanner Elam, Patrick Elam, and Charles Plunkett.  Honorary pallbearers were the Staff of River Place Nursing Center.
Memorials may be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Gossie Jones
AMORY – Gossie Lee Jones, 80, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born April 5, 1932, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Liza and Robert Lee Jones. He was a member of Rose of Sharon Church. He attended school in both Prairie and Amory. He was formerly employed by the following companies: Gilmore Puckett Lumber Company, Cramco, Inc., True Temper, Knight’s Drive Inn and Firestone before going into business for himself with The Dock of the Bay Café. He loved and enjoyed fishing and watching his favorite TV shows, and enjoyed sports which included wrestling, golf and tennis. His greatest hobby and relaxation period was when he was working and restoring old cars and lawn mowers. He enjoyed listening to gospel music, eating home cooked meals and spending time with family.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Rose of Sharon Church in Amory with Supt. Jessie L. Hutton officiating. Burial followed in the United Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include eight children, Gossie Jones Jr. of Amory, Diane (Van) Wilson of Amory, Kathy (John) Williams of Jasper, Ala., Patricia “Patty” Jones of Amory, Mary “Jackie” Jones of Amory, LeAndrew “Jr.” (Stephanie) Morgan of Chicago, Bettron “Bert” Jones of Stone Mountain, Ga., Shelia Hogan of Amory; two nephews, Keith Ramsey of Amory and Michael Ramsey of Texas; one niece, Sarah Jane Jennings of Chicago; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Clee; one son, Allen Jones; his parents, Robert Jones and Liza Daniels; one brother, Willard Ramsey; two sisters, Charleen Daniels and Bessie Lou Fultez; three grandchildren, Alfonzo and Alonzo Jones of Okolona, and Phillip Collins of Amory; and one great-grandchild, Jada Ball of Stone Mountain, Ga.
Pallbearers were the American Legions of Post 239.

Kenneth Johnson
NETTLETON – Kenneth Johnson, 57, died on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Dec. 13, 1955, in Amory, he was a son of the late Jessie Void and Ilena Marie Waddle Johnson. A graduate of Nettleton High School, he served as a medic in the National Guard. A man of faith, he was a devoted member of the Limestone Baptist Church in Nettleton. He had worked as a carpenter for Kustom Cabinets in Maryville, Tenn., and was most recently employed at the NMMC in facility operations. Passionate about bluegrass music, he was a member of the Kneedeep Bluegrass Band. He enjoyed playing music, spending time with his family, his grandchildren, hunting and fishing.
A celebration of life service was at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Limestone Baptist Church in Nettleton with Bro. Cory Hall and Bro. Randy Gray officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Waldrip Dodson Johnson of Nettleton; two daughters, Alanna Y. Teeple (Keith) of Tupelo and Amanda M. Magers (Thomas II) of Tiplersville; one stepdaughter, Heather D. Wood (Robert) of Saltillo; one stepson, Will F. Dodson (Heather) of Pontotoc; one sister, Sandra J. Ritter (Buddy) of Nettleton; four brothers, Gerald Johnson (Linda) of Nettleton, Glen Johnson (Debbie) of Holly Pond, Ala., Gary Johnson (Debra) of Hatley and Michael Johnson (Cheryl) of Wren; one brother-in-law, Frank Jones (Sherry) of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Cade and Dalton Teeple, Thomas Aaron, Aryana and Titus Magers; five stepgrandchildren, Tucker, Emma and Georgia Wood, Emily and Ferrell Dodson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Johnson; and one sister, Wanda Jones.
Pallbearers were Thomas Magers II, Keith Teeple, Will Dodson, Robert Wood, Buddy Ritter and Frank Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Gerald, Glen, Gary and Michael Johnson and George Allen.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Hill
BECKER – Kenneth Dumont Hill, 88, died on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Oaktree Plantation in Amory. Born on Aug. 23, 1924, in Quincy, he was a son of the late Kirby Dumont and Winona Mae Dabbs Hill. A 1942 graduate of Becker High School, he attended Mississippi State University where he majored in engineering. While a student at MSU, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Serving in the U.S. Army, he also was in the Army Air Corps in Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Prague and Northern Africa. He married Margaret O’Nita “Nita” Evans on Aug. 5, 1943. Following the war, he returned to Mississippi State and later taught mathematics at Becker High School and coached girls’ basketball. He also farmed with his father and was a supervisor at Walker Manufacturing. A dedicated member of the Becker Baptist Church, he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was later honored as Deacon Emeritus. A family man and dedicated Christian, he enjoyed his family, friends and gospel music.
A celebration of life service was at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Randy Spencer, Bro. Henry Ward and Bro. Christopher Waddell officiating. Burial was in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Margaret O’Nita “Nita” Hill of Becker; two daughters, Gayle Hill Ward (Henry) of Locust, N.C., and Janet Hill Gullett (Bill) of Starkville; six grandchildren, Jennifer Waddell, Scott Ward (Lauren), Kathy Ward Barnhardt, Michele Quinn (Michael), Foster Gullett (Laura) and Elizabeth Gullett; son-in-law, Hershel Sandlin (Juanita) of Becker; and eight great-grandchildren, Matthew Waddell, Christopher Waddell, Jessica Gruesbeck, Chas Gruesbeck, Shelby Munson, Graham Ward, Kirby Quinn and Abbey Quinn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kirby and Winona Hill; brother, Edsel Lamon Hill; daughter, Kay Hill Sandlin; and grandchildren, Hershel W. Sandlin and Jamie Lann.
Pallbearers were Bill Gullett, Hershel Sandlin, Scott Ward, Foster Gullett, Matthew Waddell and Bobby Hill. Honorary pallbearers were the Becker Baptist Church deacon and men’s Sunday school class.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Shawn Phillips
WREN – Randal Shawn Phillips, 42, died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Monroe County. Born Sept. 27, 1970, in Amory, he was a son of Lee Edward Phillips and Brenda Phillips Garner. He worked for Bobby Harper Construction and formerly worked for Tecumseh. He enjoyed visiting with his friends, hunting, fishing, flower gardening, and taking care of his animals, Bobo and Bonnie. He was Methodist.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. J.C. Burks and the Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother, Brenda Garner of Wren; his father, Eddie Phillips (Sarah) of Smithville; one brother, David Phillips (Angie) of Wren; an aunt, Marquleta Phillips of Brandon; three uncles, Danny Garner (Kim) of Wren, Donnie Garner (Cindy) of Wren and Bobby Phillips, (Ina) of Amory; three nephews, Chase Gaines, Cody Phillips and Cole Phillips; a host of cousins; and a special friend, Daddy Boozer.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Elizabeth Garner, and Theodore and Tula Mae Phillips; and by great-grandparents, Frank and Ludie Grady.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Boozer, Bryan Wiggington, Billy Savage, Chase Gaines, Cody Phillips, Dustin Harper, Bobby Harper, Todd Glenn and Britt Savage.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time on Wednesday
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

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.