Obituraries June 5, 2013

Maudie Pearson
LOUISVILLE – Maudie Lea Hodges Pearson, 86, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born March 16, 1927, in Holden, La., to Luther Hobson and Maudie Bennie Wascom Hodges. She was a member of East End Baptist Church in Columbus after moving to Trinity Retirement Center. After moving to Louisville and while living in the Nanih Waiya community, she was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. “MawMaw,” as she was known by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, moved to Kosciusko after her marriage to Joe Frank Pearson. They lived there for over 35 years and moved to Nanih Waiya when she retired. She was a retired grocery store clerk, having worked for many years in Kosciusko and then in Louisville. Her customers remember her for her smile and friendly service. She loved being around people, especially family and friends, cooking and working in the church.
A Celebration of Life was held Friday, May 31, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville with the Rev. Todd Plunkett and the Rev. Jerry Lundy officiating. Interment was in Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her three children: Robert Pearson (Barbara) of Nanih Waiya; Jo Ann Plunkett (David) of Aberdeen; and Billy Pearson (Susan) of West; nine grandchildren: Krista Vivian, Christy Creel (Travis), Jency Hill (Tyler), Billy Pearson Jr. (Mandy), Todd Plunkett (RaShel), Beth Boatner, Norwood Pearson, Amber Downing (Brian) and Becky Pearson; 13 great-grandchildren: Layla and Ashlyn Hill, Kendall and Kaleb Plunkett, Breanna and Bailey Boatner, Emma, Abby and Avery Creel, Kaden Pearson, Luna Pearson, Mason Macias, Jadie Vasquez; one brother, David Hodges (Mary Alice); one sister, Mavis Arnett (Bob).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Joe Frank Pearson; her parents; two brothers, Norwood Hodges and Leon Hodges; and two sisters, Vina Fidele and Milber Fortenberry.
Pallbearers were Kenny Arnett, Travis Creel, Tyler Hill, Jeffrey Hodges, Billy Pearson Jr. and Larry Pearson.
Memorials may be given to the Gideons International, Winston-Choctaw Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 556, Louisville, MS 39339.
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James Smith
HAMILTON – James Wilson Smith, 77, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was a member Bethlehem M.B. Church.
Services were at 1 p.m. May 29 at Valley Chapel United Methodist Church in Hamilton. Burial was in Sardis Cemetery in Hamilton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge.
He is survived by his wife Peggy A. Smith; six sons, Cecil (Tracey) Smith of Amory, Joseph (Bessie) Smith, Jacob (Myra) Smith, Jimmy (Veronica) Smith, Gregory Smith and Raymond Earl Smith, all of Hamilton; four daughters, Gloria Garth Betts of Amory, Earnestine (Bernard) Walker and Bettie (Charles) Wyatt of Wren, and Gloria Jean Harris of Columbus; one sister, Mae Ola Troupe of Hamilton; 35 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

Lucille Coker-Cheatham
AMORY – Thelma “Lucille” Coker-Cheatham, 89, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at her residence. Born on July 3, 1923, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Lester Lee and Rowena Kennedy Duncan. She worked as a seamstress with Longnecker’s Pants Factory until moving to North Chicago in 1958. Retiring in 1977, she and her husband moved to Union City, Tenn. She moved to Amory in 2006 with her daughter and son-in-law. A lady who was very lovable and had a big heart, she strived to take care of herself and her family. She enjoyed crocheting, dancing, listening to country western music, fishing for catfish and going to flea markets.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra S. Coker-Stone (Scott A.); sister, Velma Louise Monaghan; sister-in-law and special friend, Libble Coker Boock, all of Amory; grandson, Jeff Stone of Montville, Conn.; great-grandson, Christian Stone; nieces and nephews, J.B. Monaghan, Barbara Monaghan Harlow and George Monaghan; and special friends, Guyther and JoAnn Spencer, Angie Schwalenberg, and Shannon Vaughn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon C. Cheatham; and twin brother, Elmer Boozer Duncan.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. May 29 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Don McCain officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Historical Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Harlow, Brent Harris, Greg Pressley, Aaron Pressley, George Monaghan and Jade Myers.
Memorials may be given to Hospice Advantage, 70 Highway 25 S., Aberdeen, MS 39730.
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Claudia Stallings
ABERDEEN – Claudia M. Stallings, 90, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born July 23, 1922, to Lettie Reese and Willie Prentiss Hampton.
Services were held at 11 a.m. June 1 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen. The Rev. Willie A. Davis Sr. officiated. Burial was at Burns Cemetery in Athens. Jackson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her cousins, Rev. Willie A. Davis and Lois Ewing; and a nephew, Lawrence Holiday.

Julian Thompson
HAMILTON – Julian Cecil Thompson, 80, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home in Hamilton. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, to John Oscar Thompson and Emma Mae Hatcher Thompson in Tifton, Ga. He moved to Monroe County in 1978 after retiring from the military. He was a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Graceville, Fla. He was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church. He was a retired pastor, serving at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colquitt, Ga., Union Baptist Church in Seminary, Southside Baptist Church, Bartahatchie Baptist Church and Athens Baptist Church.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Bro. Robert Moore and Bro. Jim Harrington officiated. Burial was at Howell Cemetery with military honors.
He is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Brock (Benny) of Hamilton and Rose Lowery (Wayne) of Petal; two sons, Richard C. Thomspon (Patricia) of LaVernia,Texas, and Kenneth W. Thompson of Hamilton; one sister, Lutrelle English of Macon, Ga.; a half-sister, Sue Brooks (Danny) of Cornelia, Ga.; a half-brother, James Thompson of Chula, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Mae Thompson; six sisters and seven brothers.
Members of the military served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Lowery, Jared Lowery, Jonathan Brock, Andrew Grimm, Oscar Peden, Richard Thompson Jr., Jonathon Thompson, Drew Creamer and John Chess.

Dimple Tucker
ABERDEEN – Dimple Rose Tate Tucker, 79, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 15, 1934, to Rufus David Tate and Sadie Miller Tate in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County, where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for all age groups.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Todd Bowen and Bro. Rick Burton officiating. Burial was at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Howard Dahlem (Kim) of Decatur, Ala., and Terry Dahlem (Laurie) of Madison County; three sisters, Joyce Robertson (James) of Aberdeen, Ruth Owings of Greenville and Chris Porter (Latney) of Alamo, Texas; three brothers, Jesse Tate (Jackie) of Aberdeen, James Roy Tate (Bonnie) of Amory and Robert Tate (Debbie) of Amory; four grandchildren, Will Dahlem, Anna Jackson, Darah Dahlem and Katie Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Garland Dahlem; her second husband, James Mitchell “Jimmy” Tucker; two sisters, Frances Burroughs and Mary Evelyn Waycaster; and one brother, David Tate.
Pallbearers were Louis Burroughs, Joe Robertson, Brad Tate, Bill Tate, Tommy Dahlem, Doug Dahlem, Travis English and Barry English.

Jimmy ‘Squirrel’ Sanderson
AMORY – Jimmy “Squirrel” Sanderson, 74, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Amory to the late Grover Clevel Sanderson and Laverne Rye Sanderson on November 9, 1938. Squirrel was a 1957 graduate of Hatley High School and was of the Baptist faith. He owned and operated Sanderson Motors for 35 years, working at Larry Clark Chevrolet as a salesman until his retirement. Previously, he worked at Fred Tinsley Pure Oil Station, Moore Stevens Shell Station, Richardson Chevrolet, Big 4 Motors in Tupelo, Sanderson Redi Mix, Gulf Finance, Fine Cars, Red Hogland Chevrolet, and Sam Stevens Motors. A great salesman, he possessed the gifts of kindness, integrity, and honesty. Loving life and living it to the fullest, he made many friends throughout the years and enjoyed being with his buddies over a meal or playing cards or just simply visiting. Known as the family comedian, Squirrel enjoyed entertaining them over a good meal. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and just about anything that had a steering wheel and an engine.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 26 years, Nita Sanderson; daughters, Patsy Jones of Amory and Bonnie Finney (Gary) of Wren; sons, Jeff Sanderson (Jackie Young) of Memphis, Jay Sanderson (Anita) of Nashville, and Jon Sanderson (Cindy) of Hoover, Ala.; sisters, Lois Hughey of Nesbit, Elsie Sanderson of Amory, Glenda Daughety of Baton Rouge; brother, Jerry Sanderson (Grace) of Amory; grandchildren, Kristi Sanderson (Jason Tipton), Audrey Sanderson, Bryan Sanderson, Peyton Sanderson, Cayce Jones (Mallory Wright), Emilea Tackett (Levi), Cortnee Jones, Candy McGregor (Shane), Elyse Smith (Benjamin), Kathryn Henry (James); great-granddaughter, Lucie Caroline Tackett; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by twin sons; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m. June 1 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Willis officiating. Burial followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Doug and Steve Fowlkes, Hob Sanderson III, Thomas Wayne Sanderson, Lee Hughey, Patrick and Nathan Daughety, and Charles Sisson.
Honorary pallbearers were his card playing friends and the staff of Larry Clark Chevrolet.
Donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
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Joye Hester
AMORY – Joye V. Sugg Hester, 87, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 1, 1926, on the Sugg farm in Monroe County, she was a daughter of John David and Ettie Jane Parham Sugg.
Joye graduated from Amory High School in 1945. After graduating from Teletype School in Birmingham, She was employed by Western Union in New York, N.Y., and later by American Airlines at LaGuardia Airport in communications. Joye worked many years in the medical field in insurance and as a medical transcriptionist. She was employed by NMMC in Radiology and in Amory by Murfee Clinic, P&S Clinic, Dr. B.O. Moore and Dr. Eddie Yoe. Joye was a member of Amory Church of Christ. Loving her church family, she worked with the Women’s Prayer Ministry and the Visitation Program. Joye enjoyed the outdoors, reading, sports, going to the Wellness Center and flying to California and Florida to visit family.
She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia H. Barnes (Bill) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Laurie H. Kunsman (Gary) of San Jose, Calif.; son, Danny Hester (Cindy) of Amory; grandchildren, Chandler Odom, Len Odom, and Anna Hester; great-grandchildren, Christian Dunne and John Carter Coker; special nieces, Joyce Gray and Emily S. Morris; and numerous other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ethel Gray, Ruth Westbrook, Josephine Davis, Johnie West, Carolyn Sugg, and Mary Nell Sugg; brother, Halden Sugg; and special niece, Judy Sullivan.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m. June 2 at Amory Church of Christ with Mr. Philip Hathcock and Mr. Derek Maranto officiating. Burial followed at New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Larry, David, Randle, and Randy Gray; Andy Hood; and Jimmy Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers were Garland Anderson, Doyce Britt, Tim Dickerson, Rick Lockridge, Jerry Cooper, Paul Dickerson and Jimmy Vaughan.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. June 1 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Amory Church of Christ, P.O. Box 371, Amory, MS 38821.
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Claudette Price
NETTLETON – Claudette Candevan Price, 72, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 17, 1940, in Oakland, Calif. to Eugene and Rose Perry Candevan. She had lived most all of her life in Nettleton, was a retired supervisor over health and nutrition at North Mississippi Medical Center, and was a member of the Nettleton First Baptist Church. She enjoyed writing stories and poems, her prison ministry, and playing word games.
Services were held at 11 a.m., June 3 at Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Magers II and the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial was held at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Price of Nettleton; two daughters, Tammy Jones (Terry) of Saltillo and Ranee Taylor (Alan) of Nettleton; one son, Johnny L. Price and special friend, Linda White of Blue Springs; five granddaughters, Shawnda Morgan (Paul), Johnnie Bass (John), Alanna Teeple (Keith), Amanda Magers (Thomas), and Monica Fuller; and 10 great-grandchildren, Ryle Holmes, Darby Holmes, Cade Teeple, Thomas Aaron Magers III, Ella Bass, Breanna Fuller, Aryanna Magers, Dalton Teeple, Nate “Moose” Bass, and Titus Magers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Bobby and Leon Candevan.
Pallbearers were Paul Morgan, John Bass, Keith Teeple, Jason Price, Tom Anderson, and James Rowe.
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Ella Gilleylen
AMORY – Ella Mae Gilleylen, 75, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete as of June 3 and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

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Rev. E.S. Furr
TUPELO – The Rev. Esta Stanley “E.S.” Furr, 90, reluctant war hero, faithful servant of the Lord, devoted family man, died May 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. E.S., born Sept. 15, 1922, in Aberdeen was the second of four boys born to Dr. Esta and Lottie Hansell Furr. E.S. graduated from Ole Miss in 1944. His diploma was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., by Railway Express, since he was called to military service for World War II before graduation, as were two of his brothers.
E.S. always said that the Army, with its loud and tough discipline, did not fit his personality. Nevertheless, he proudly served his country, and was sent overseas as an Army Infantry Private First Class. He saw his first combat in November 1944. On Jan. 22, 1945, E.S. displayed extraordinary bravery during the battle for Colmar, France, and was wounded in the right leg. His actions during that battle earned him the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
After the war and working for the Middle Tennessee Tuberculosis Association, E.S. answered the call to ministry and attended and graduated from the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., in 1951. During seminary, in 1950, he married Ruth Hunter Allen of Tennessee. They remained married and devoted to one another until Ruth’s death in 2006.
E.S. was ordained as a United Methodist minister and served churches in Vardaman, Belmont, Calhoun City, Ripley, Booneville, Lexington and Corinth. He also served as the Tupelo District Superintendent and the Director of the North Mississippi Conference Council on Ministries in Grenada. He “retired” in 1988, but continued his ministry until the end of his life.
E.S. believed in “active” faithfulness and spent his life serving others. During different periods of his ministry, he was involved in Habitat for Humanity, serving as the warehouse manager supplying furniture to the needy. He tirelessly served meals to the home-bound with Meals on Wheels. He was a founding member of Kairos, in Mississippi, a prison ministry, and lovingly tended to the spiritual and even physical needs of prisoners, both while they were incarcerated and after their release. He never gave up on people, believing that all things are possible through God, working through people. He was active in various Twelve Step programs, serving as chaplain for several treatment centers. He was involved for many years in programs advocating better treatment for mental health. He was active in the Methodist Walk to Emmaus. He supported many causes aimed at eradicating world hunger.
E.S. was physically active and enjoyed jogging and working out with his buddies (the “Water Boys”) at the Wellness Center until a late age. He was a longtime member of the Luncheon Civitan Club and rarely missed a meeting. He moved to Traceway Manor in 2006 and enjoyed living in the community setting at the Manor, Mitchell Center, and finally at the Greenhouses.
Although E.S. was a Christian minister, he accepted and loved those of all faiths. He was active early in the civil rights movement, quietly (and sometimes loudly) urging acceptance and equal legal rights for all persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or economic circumstances. He proudly claimed to be a “yellow dog Democrat,” long after such designation was popular in Mississippi or anywhere. He loved his Republican friends and family and hoped they would one day see the light. He probably never voted for a Republican, the only possible exception being his Sunday School friend, Jack Reed, for Mississippi Governor. But, he would not admit even voting for Jack, though he loved him.
The month before he died, the Tupelo District Board of Laity honored E.S. for his lifetime of service to the Methodist Church and Christianity in general. He attended the award service with his family and was touched and uplifted by the last sermon he ever heard, which was preached by Rev. James E. Swanson Sr., Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Mississippi.
E.S. loved his family and was a wonderful and devoted husband and Dad. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and his brothers, William Frazier Furr, Marion Hansell Furr, (and his wife Pearl), and Dr. Richard Theron Furr. He is survived by his son, Stanley Allen Furr of Tupelo, and his wife, Lynda Rowland Furr; and his daughter, Anna Furr Dexter of Ridgeland, and her husband Cecil Terry Dexter. He is survived by two stepgrandchildren, Darla Frison (Tremaine) and Jamie Wallis; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Rosemary Furr of Ocean Springs; 15 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
As his last act of giving, E,S, donated his body to the University Medical Center. He was pleased that he could participate after his death in teaching and training those who would someday care and tend to those suffering from illnesses. He would also be pleased that his buddy, Steve Holland, was beaten out of the cost of a regularly priced funeral, including a V.A.-issued grave marker. A celebration of life was held at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Visitation was in the Gathering Room from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were all United Methodist ministers and members of the Kairos/Emmaus Walk community.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Millsaps College for a scholarship in memory of E.S. and Ruth Allen Furr, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210; to Helping Hands (a food and clothing organization for those in need), First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802; to the Kairos Prison Ministry of Mississippi, P.O. Box 6, Stoneville, MS 38776; or to a favorite charity.
Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to

Earlie Terry
NETTLETON – Earlie Leslie Terry, 74, died on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born July 28, 1938, in Houston, he was a son of the late James Alvin and Maggie Bell Jackson Terry. He married Patsy Cooper. Before his retirement, he was a self-employed upholsterer. A loving father and grandfather, he cherished the time spent with his family. His hobbies included fishing and watching westerns on television.
A Celebration of Life Service was held May 25 at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. James Terry officiating. Burial was in the New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Cynthia Long (Andy) of Shannon; one son, Rickey Terry (Linda) of Nettleton; two brothers, Earvin Terry of Nettleton and Winford Terry (Cathy) of Aberdeen; four grandchildren, April Terry, Christopher Terry, Richard Terry and Dana Long Plunkett; four great-grandchildren, Madison Terry, Ryanna Terry, Claire Grace Terry and Gunner Plunkett; numerous nieces and nephews; and his caregivers, April Terry, Lauren Terry, and Cindy and Andy Long.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patsy Cooper Terry; one son, David Terry; grandson, Hayden Allen Terry; four brothers, Manuel Terry, Thomas Edward Terry, Earnest Terry and Jack Cannon; and five sisters, Christine Carroll, Leona Blansett, Ollie Ruth Blansett, Lillie Foster and Grace Terry.
Pallbearers were Richard Terry, Christopher Terry, Darrell Barnes, Perry Mauney, Winford Terry Jr., Steven Terry and Danny Joe Terry.