Obituaries Oct. 9, 2013

Candy Gower
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Candy Boswell Gower, 62, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. She was a member of West Franklin Baptist Church and a believer and follower of Christ. She was a good and faithful servant who was very active in her church. She was raised in Amory, where she attended Amory High School. She later received a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a dedicated teacher at Franklin High School from 1992-2009. More than anything, she was a beloved wife and mother of four.
Services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at West Franklin Baptist Church. Dr. Jim Harvey officiated. Burial was at Williamson Memorial Gardens. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Franklin, Tenn., were in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Don Gower; sons, Aaron (Allison) Gower and Evan (Jessie) Gower; daughters, Meg (Craig) Luttrell and Memry (Greg) Smith; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Madlyn King Boswell, and a sister, Sue Boswell Witcher.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (
Jerry R. Goforth
SMITHVILLE – Jerry Richard Goforth, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born in Flat Rock, Ala., Feb. 23, 1948, he was a son of the late Lonnie and Mae Harris Goforth.
Growing up and attending school in Flat Rock, he had lived the last 30 years in Smithville. Jerry was of the Baptist faith and worked for B&B Concrete, Tremont Floral and Spann Trucking. A deeply devoted and fun-loving family man, Jerry loved being with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors, working on cars, watching TV 39 and wrestling.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Stark officiating. Burial followed in Coontail Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Lois Vance (Stanley) of Tupelo; son, Paul Goforth (Latonya) of Amory; sister, Estelle Morris (Steve) of Smithville; brothers, Marvin Goforth (Loretta) of Texas, and Bobby Goforth of Alabama; grandchildren, Laura, Amber and Joseph Holt; great-grandchild, Skyler Wade Sanderson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Gene, Cody and Chad Morris, Daniel Luther, John Carruthers, Sonny Boyd and Philip Fowler.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Dwayne Goforth.
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Lonnie Jeffreys
AMORY – Lonnie Jeffreys, 92, died Monday Sept. 30, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 9, 1921, he was a son of John M. and Icy Mae Cantrell Jeffreys, and he married Sylvia Owen in 1946. He was a minister and an evangelist for more than 50 years, and he was an Army veteran of World War II.
Private graveside services were Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Sylvia Jeffreys; three sisters, Weda Stanford of Memphis, Avis Gosa of Amory and Rhea Collins of Amory; and special neighbors and caregivers, Philip and Lisa Moore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Victor and Connie Jeffreys.
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Jerry Lee
AMORY – Jerry Lamar Lee, 83, formally of Carrollton, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. He was born March 1, 1930, to Walter and Maggie Simmons Lee. He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of Old Union Church of Christ.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial was in Zion’s Rest Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three nieces, Jan (David) Homer of Saltillo, Faye (Harold) McDonald of Carrollton and Ann Kelly of Itta Bena; five nephews, Richard (Brenda) Whitfield of Winona, Kenny (Cheryl) Whitfield of Okolona, Cecil Lee of Gore Springs, Larry Lee of Grenada and J.W. Lee of Choctaw County; and one sister-in-law, Marie Whitfield Kendall of Carrollton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Louise Brown Lee in 2011; his parents; and one brother, Elmer Lee.
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Hazel Bolin
ABERDEEN – Hazel Pace Bolin, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Aurora Health and Rehabilitation in Columbus. She was born June 26, 1921, to William M. Pace and Adella Sanders Pace in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County where she was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church. She was owner of Bolin Grocery in the Lackey Community for 20 years. She enjoyed her family and friends, and she liked to go on bus tours with friends and see much of the countryside. She played dominoes, cards and enjoyed watching her favorite TV show, “Wheel of Fortune.” She also enjoyed dancing at the Amory Community Center.
Services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Rackley Nolen and husband, Jimmie of Hamilton and Martha Donald and husband, Ted of Hamilton; one son, Edward James Bolin Jr. and wife, Carolyn of Arlington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Tim Nolen, Toby Rackley, Jeannie Jernigan, Angela Blanton, Kacie Reeves, Stephanie Tedford and Michael Bolin; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward James Bolin; two brothers, Luther and Lawrence Pace; and two half-brothers and six half-sisters.
Pallbearers were Rubel West, Tommy Savage, David O’Mary, Jim Allen Malone, Wayne Malone and Mike Holloway.
Honorary pallbearers were E.J. Nolen, Dalen Rackley, Trellis S. Blanton, Johnathen Blanton, Ty Jernigan and Kayde Mitchell.
Memorials may be made to Hamilton Methodist Church.
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Mary L. Thompson
QUINCY – Mary Louise Thompson, 91, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born to George Armon and Eula Undeen Easter Kimbrough. She married Grady Oliver Thompson, her husband of over 71 years who precedes her in death.
She was a longtime member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church and retired as a seamstress, becoming a loving homemaker. A devout Christian lady, she deeply loved her family and enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting and cooking.
She is survived by a host of family members. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by two sons.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in Durrett Cemetery. Family and friends served as pallbearers.
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Charles Christian “Chris” Evans
IUKA – Charles Christian “Chris” Evans, 48, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a 1983 graduate of Iuka High School where he served as president of his senior class. He was an Eagle Scout and received his God and Country Award and was tapped for the Order of the Arrow Award in the Yocona Area Council. Chris attended Northeast Community College where he was a member of the Northeast Marching Band and graduated from Mississippi State University in December of 1986. He attended University of Mississippi Law school. Chris spent two summers as an intern for Senator Thad Cockran in Washington, D.C. He was a history scholar and he enjoyed speaking about local history to school groups and clubs. He worked for the Social Security Administration until his health failed.
Chris was a writer and wrote a column in the local newspaper, “My Hero, My Friend.” He enjoyed interviewing the people he wrote about, especially veterans, and often called them to thank them for their service. Chris was a music enthusiast and with his brother, John, hosted a blues radio show called “Sunday Blues” on WOWL 91.9. Chris was a member of Iuka Baptist Church where he enjoyed working with Awanas, a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Iuka Lions Club.
Services with Masonic Rites were 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Iuka Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Watkins and Bro. Keith Curtis officiating. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery in Fulton. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Lindsey Evans of Iuka; his mother, Wanda Christian Evans of Iuka; stepson, Donald Rodgers (Lane) of Iuka; two stepdaughters, Melissa Borden (Joey) of Iuka and Amanda Cole (Dustin) of Booneville; brother, John Evans (Jennie) of Iuka; nine step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild; his mother-in-law, Josephine Lindsey of Iuka; his aunt, Linda Adams (Kenny) of Amory; two nephews, Jacob Owen “Jake” Evans and Lucas Reed “Luke” Evans; and a niece, Anne Christian “Annie” Evans.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Evans; paternal grandparents, Owen and Daphne Elliott Evans of Smithville; maternal grandparents, Onnie and Vera Patton Christian of Fulton.
Pallbearers were Evan Adams, Ben Patton, Kevin Maten, Jason Guntharp, Johnny Southward, Danny Bean, Darryl Long and Jeff Lyles.
Honorary pallbearers were Mack Lloyd Wadkins, Billy McKissick, Bro. Aubrey Brown and Hubert Rhay Robinson.
Memorials can be made to Charles Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund at Renasant Bank in Iuka, to Iuka Baptist Church or to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc. 26345 Network Place Chicago, IL 60673-1263.
An online guestbook can be accessed at
Angie Shelton
OLIVE BRANCH – Mary Angelyn “Angie” Shelton, 59, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Born June 9, 1954, in Amory, she was a daughter of Ernest Kenneth and Mary Catherine Williams Adams.
She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1972, and of Mississippi State University, Class of 1976. On July 25, 1976, she married Larry Shelton. Prior to working for and retiring from MAPCO Petroleum, Angie worked for Ed’s Supermarket, Sterling’s, Peoples Drug Store and BancorpSouth.
She was a member of Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch and had served as the MYF director. Loving, giving, helpful with a big heart, Angie was passionate about the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. She enjoyed all types of music, hunting, MSU ballgames and traveling.
A celebration of life service was at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial was in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Shelton of Olive Branch; brother, Kenny Adams (Linda) of Amory; one sister-in-law, Paula K. Hurley of Amory; and two brothers-in-law, Kenny Shelton and Billy Owens, both of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angelyn Rachon Shelton.
Pallbearers were Evan Adams, Wayne and Bubba Daughtery, Frank Davis, Mark Parham, Danny Parham and Phillip Williams.
Honorary pallbearer was Dr. B.J. Kelley.
Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation, Finance Department. 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016; American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206; or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Tonya Howell
ABERDEEN – Tonya Leigh Howell, age 44, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born May 20, 1969, to Bobby Knox Howell and Sammie Marshall Howell in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen, and was employed at United Furniture.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Matthew Dwayne Howell, of Aberdeen; her father, Bobby Knox Howell of Aberdeen; one sister, Teresa Burdine of Amory; one grandson, Matthew James Howell; two nieces; several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her mother, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Howell, one nephew, Michael Schrock, several aunts and one cousin.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Marshall, Raymond Estis, Christopher Johnson, Danny Kelley and Chad Smith.
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Jade Morris
SMITHVILLE – Autumn Jade Morris, 10, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.