Obituaries March 20, 2013

Irene Cox
AMORY – Irene Coker Cox, 97, died on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on June 21, 1915, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Howard and Nola Frances Bowling Coker. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1932. She grew up working on the family farm with mule-driven plows and then taught in a one-room school. She worked for Amory Garment from 1952 until it closed and began working a second job at Pickle’s Drive-In until the age of 92. She was Baptist and a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Having a big heart and always putting others first, she cherished her family. A wonderful, amazing and spunky, old-school Southern lady, she was an adopted mother and grandmother to many. An excellent cook, she enjoyed bingo, competing in her bowling league until the age of 94, the Braves, the Bulldogs and watching The Price Is Right.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Elliott (John B. Denley III) of Saltillo; grandchildren, Mike Reese, Gail Earrey (Bill), Mark Wesley Reese (Darlene), Dana Taylor and Chris Elliott (Gayle); 11 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, two great-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Laymon Cox; daughter, Martha Jean Reese; son-in-law, Billy R. Reese; sister, Orene Addington; and brothers, Howard and Durwood Coker.
A Celebration of Life Service was at 11 a.m. March 13 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rex Coker, Lance McFarling, Bunky Goza, Shawn Reese, Josh Page and Tray Patterson.
Memorials may be given to New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Worthey, 60023 Worthey Lane, Amory, MS 38821 or to a charity of choice.
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William Holland
SMITHVILLE – William Thomas Holland, 85, died on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Oxford. Born Aug. 26, 1927, in Smithville, he was a son of the late George and Eva Alred Holland. He married Lela Scott in 1987. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Mason. Guided by God and his family, he was a member of the Smithville Baptist Church. Before his retirement, he was a farmer and also sold farm implements. His hobbies included gardening, fishing and building pea shellers.
Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. March 13 at the Young Memorial Gardens in Smithville with Bro. Danny Burks officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Clara Perkins of Sardis and Pam Bolton of Batesville; one son, Danny Holland of Pontotoc; two sisters, Jessie Sullivan of Tupelo and Yvonne McCain of Walls; one brother, O.C. Holland of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Debbie Harwell; one sister, Pauline Bailey; and two brothers, George Holland and James Holland.
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Elizabeth Waycaster
SMITHVILLE – Elizabeth “Granny” Ritter Waycaster, 79, died Monday, March 11 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 20, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Esmond and Kattie Ritter. She married Buddy Waycaster, who precedes her in death. She was reared and attended school in Smithville. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Red Kap in Amory. A people person, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and her church friends. Having a great sense of humor, she enjoyed going to church camp and pulling pranks on the kids, fishing, cooking, reading and traveling.
She is survived by her sons, Keith Rogers (Marilyn) of Becker, Kendall Waycaster of Becker, Randall Waycaster of Smithville and Rodney Waycaster (Cindy) of Becker; brother, Junior Ritter of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Morris, Crystal Oliver, Daisy Tomlin, Matthew, Cory, Caleb, Nathan, Joshua, and Jonathan Waycaster; great-grandchildren, Lila Clayton, Abby Oliver, Candice Oliver, Brayden, Addison, and Molly Morris, Grady and Lily Irvin, and Carson Waycaster.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Glenda Waycaster; daughter in law, Donna Waycaster; and brother, Daryle Ritter.
A Celebration of Life service was at 2 p.m. March 13 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial followed in Young Memorial Garden.
Pallbearers were Matthew, Caleb, Jonathan, Cory and Nathan Waycaster and Brayden Morris.
Honorary pallbearers were Butch Barrett, Odeen Adams, Kenny Moffett, Van Hilt, Mike Steele, Willie Myatt and Ralph Mitchell.
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Merion Blanchard
ABERDEEN – Merion Blanchard, 66, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 6, 1947, to Louise Newman. She attended Shivers High School. She worked for the Aberdeen School District as a cook at Aberdeen Middle School for 19 years. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and watching westerns movies and television shows.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 16 at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen. Pastor James A. Cook officiated. Burial followed in Oddfellows Cemetery. Jackson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Blanchard of Jackson; her son, Kevin Blanchard of Aberdeen; her granddaughter, K’mahyar Blanchard of Aberdeen; her brothers, Milton Blanchard (Linda) of Memphis and William Blanchard of Chicago; her aunts, Virginia Watkins of Aberdeen, Ida Blanchard of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mary Avery and Susie Blanchard of Chicago; uncle, Charles Blanchard of Milwaukee, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Newman, and her uncles, James Blanchard and Willie Guy Blanchard.

Annette Eubanks
SALTILLO – Annette Eubanks, 87, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Specialty Select Hospital in Birmingham after an extended illness. She was born May 30, 1925, in Gulfport to Kennie and Virgie Turner Bynum. She graduated from high school in 1942 in Houma, La. She was a 1952 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s degree in education. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of service. She taught at a number of schools with her last 15 years at Saltillo Schools. She enjoyed golf, puzzles, reading her Bible and hummingbirds, and she loved USM and spending time with her friends and family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Saltillo United Methodist Church.
Services were Feb. 21 at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Tim Green officiating. Private burial was in the Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Eubanks Reifers; two granddaughters, Wendy Morris (Chad) and Amanda Morris (Billy Joe); great-granddaughters, Emily and Jasmine Morris, and Jennifer, Jada and Natalie Morris, all of Amory; two first cousins, Frank Turner (Jeanne) and Harold Turner (Barbara); three sisters-in-law, Laura Dawson, Alta Fisher (James), Lois Knight (Don); a brother-in-law, Charles Eubanks (Debbie).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Andrew J. “Andy” Eubanks; and two great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Krisi Morris.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Saltillo.

Tiffany Vaughn
AMORY – Tiffany Leann Vaughn, 29, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Jackson. Born Oct. 21, 1983, she was a daughter of Crystal Vaughn and Freddie Thompson. She grew up and attended school in Amory. She was a member of First Assembly of God. A friend to all, a loving mother to her children and easy going, she will be missed by all who knew her. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom with her five children, she worked at Golden Living Center in Amory.
She is survived by her parents, Crystal Vaughn of Smithville and Freddie Thompson of Wren; daughter, Kaylee Grace Cooper; sons, Tyler Shane Vaughn, Brayden Patrick Cooper, Hayden Eli Cooper and Noah Lane Cooper; sister, Brittany Vaughn of Smithville; grandparents, June Francis Thompson of Wren, Bill and Patsy Bailey of Columbus; niece, Bailey Elizabeth Vaughn; and nephew, Johnathan Hunter Gene Vaughn.
A celebration of life service was at 1:30 p.m. March 17 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Wes White and Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial  followed in Young Memorial Garden.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rex Thompson and Mary Edna Lewis; and an aunt, Dena Joy Young.
Pallbearers were Faron Bailey, Wendell Bailey, Jeremy Thorn, Terry Garner, Steve Gill and Eric Mills.
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John Callon II
ABERDEEN – John Standrod Callon II, 25, died Friday, March 8, 2013, in an automobile accident in Hamilton, Ala. He was born June 16, 1987, to John Chase Callon and Lesa Mitchell Callon Young in Amory. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He attended the University of Mississippi. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 16 at First Baptist Church of Aberdeen with Bro. Dudley Nash and Lucy Nash officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Lesa Mitchell Callon Young, and his stepfather, Carsie Clark Young Sr., of Aberdeen; his father, John Chase Callon of Natchez; two brothers, Ben Chase Callon of Oxford and William Pierce Callon of St. Paul, Minn.; and his grandfather, Charlie Ben Mitchell of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jeanie Gordon Mitchell, and his grandparents, John and Betty Callon.
Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Worship Center, 30054 Lake Monroe Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730; First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, 310 West Commerce Street Aberdeen, MS 39730; Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
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James Trimble
HAMILTON – James Mack Trimble, 75, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Rush Memorial Hospital in Meridian.
Services were at 1 p.m. March 16 at Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Hamilton with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Burial was in the Sardis Cemetery in Hamilton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Thomas; a son, Jeffery Trimble; a daughter, Suzanne Trimble; and a brother, Jim Trimble Jr., all of Hamilton.

Donald Stanford
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donald Wilton Stanford, age 79, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013. He was retired from Kal Kan Foods. After retirement, he enjoyed playing guitar and singing at many places throughout the Central Ohio Area. He attended Benfield Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gussie; three children, Melissa (Kerry Stroup) Stanford, Elizabeth (William) Casto and Donald Wayne (Kellie) Stanford; grandchildren, Hailey Stroup, Scott Stroup, Lydia Stroup, Kelly Casto, Aimee Casto and Ivey Stanford; sisters, Laverne Pope and Sue Gray of Amory; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Lee Roy and Itie Stanford and six siblings.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the O.R. Woodyard Co. Chapel, 1346 S. High Street Columbus, Ohio, with Pastor Steve Sherrod officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow.
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Rick Stanford
AMORY – Richard Wayne Stanford, 61, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Liverpool, England, on Jan. 1, 1952, to Archie and Mary Christina Stanford.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 17 at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include one son, Cameron Stanford (Jessy) of Tupelo; one grandchild, Ashley Stanford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sandy.
Memorials may be made to his funeral account, c/o W. E. Pegues, 535 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
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Johnnie Jones
AMORY – Johnnie Jones, 75, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services were at 2 p.m. March 19 at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Riggins Chapel Cemetery in Monroe County.

Tommie Moore
AMORY – Tommie Ree Cantrell Moore, 89, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Oxford. She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Monroe County, to George Thomas and Rose Ann Flippo Cantrell. She married Robert Lee Moore on April 9, 1945. She attended school in Greenwood Springs. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, but in her later years, attended East Amory Baptist Church, where she loved attending Sunday school. She was a supervisor at the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prairie during World War II and later retired from Amory Garment. She loved spending time with her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her sister “Runt.” She was very independent and lived as a widow for nearly 35 years. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, gardening and always canned and froze plenty of vegetables.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Moore Hester (Billy) of Oxford; sister, Wiona “Runt” Cantrell Hicks of Becker; granddaughters, Kimberly Hester Burt (David) of Nettleton and Candace Hester Vasilyev (Scott) of Oxford; great-grandchildren, Senior Airman Tyler Lee Burt of Grand Forks, N.D., Vivian and Alexander Vasilyev of Oxford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister, Margaree Little; brothers, Leroy and Troy Lee Cantrell; and granddaughter, Christy Ann Hester.
A Celebration of Life service was at 11 a.m. March 19 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory, with Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial followed in Easter Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Radin Vasilyev, David Allen Burt, Donnie Allen, G.T. Cantrell, Eddie Guin and Gary Wouldridge. Her great-grandson, Senior Airman Tyler Burt, who is currently honorably serving his country, served in his absence, as honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be given to the Easter Cemetery Fund, 504 S. Thayer Ave. Aberdeen, MS 39730.
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Rory Thornton
AMORY – Rory Lynn Thornton, 53, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born November 23, 1959, in Amory, he was a son of the late Robert Basil and Eunice Mitchell Thornton. He was a graduate of Amory High School and Itawamba Junior College and married to Terri Reeves. A member of First Baptist Church in Amory, he cherished the time spent with his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included fishing, cooking and reading.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Terri Reeves Thornton of Amory; two daughters, Blair Thornton of Hattiesburg and Brett Thornton of Amory; one son, Rory Owen Thornton (Jimmie Ann) of Amory; two brothers, Robert Basil Thornton Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ronald Hall Thornton of Amory; three grandchildren, Gray Thornton, Jake Thornton, and Sunni Kayt Lindsey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Al Stephens, Keith Reeves, Brian Reed, Tommy Wilkerson, Ricky Chaney, Danny Coleman and Casey Hildreth.
Visitation will continue until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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