By NEMS Daily Journal
Barbara Lee Gros
BIG CREEK – Barbara Lee Gros, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at her home. She was born in Stewart and was retired from the Louisiana Teachers Retirement Association. She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Floyd Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Rita Salter of Grenada and Ronda Taylor of Boca, Fla.; son, Keith Taylor (Dyna) of Big Creek; a sister, Mary Powell of Bartlett, Tenn.; brothers, Harvey Lee of Derma and William Hugh “Buddy” Lee of Olive Branch; six grandchildren, Justin Taylor, Dustin Bowman, Hunter Taylor, Nicole Barbour, Candice Diaz and Tabatha Taylor; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Bella, Anna, Jackson and Donovan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Gladys Weaver Lee; a sister, Irene Wilson; and five brothers, Cecil Lee, Robert Lee, Wayne Lee, Leonard Lee and Junior Lee.
Pallbearers will be Justin Taylor, Hunter Taylor, Dustin Bowman, Mark Lee, Brady Barbour and Kenny Lee.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left a Pryorfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – William L. “Billy” Simmons, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Betty Jean Williams
BOONEVILLE – Betty Jean Anderson Williams 69, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1942, to John and Mary V. Burress in Prentiss County.
She was a member of Beckley Chapel C.M.E. Church. She has served on the Steward Board, as the Recording Steward, member of the choir, Usher Board, Missionary Society and on the Board of Christian Education. She retired from Northeast Mississippi Community Services in 2008 after 29 years of service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Beckley Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Miriam Anderson and Sophia (Roosevelt) Combs, both of Booneville; one son, William Anderson of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Cheryl) Burress and Charles (Katherine) Burress; two sisters, Joann Boyd of Dayton and Gloria (John) McKinney of Booneville; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, William L. Anderson and Curtis L. Williams; and two brothers, Robert Burress and Larry Burress.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, and from 9 until 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
HOUSTON – Ozzie Ruth Hamilton, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 23, 1936, to L.C. Cunningham and Ethel Thomas Cunningham. She was a former member of Upper Prairie Creek and 2nd Baptist churches. She was more recently a member of New Zion of Van Vleet. She attended Mary Homes Jr. College and was a licensed cosmetologist.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the New Zion M.B. Church with the Rev. Odell Bowens officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Billy “Bill” Hamilton of Houston; a daughter, Minnie Lavender (Charles) of Steen; five sons, Frankie Porter, Ray Porter, Jessie Porter and Sedrick Porter, all of Houston, and Billy Hamilton of Grenada; a godson, Charles Golden of Houlka; a sister, Mattie Vance of Houston; an aunt, Rosie Latham of Milwaukee; three brothers, Finis Mims of Oxford, Willie Harris of West Point and Henry Cunningham (Mamie) of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 3 until 6 p.m. today at the Williams Memorial Chapel.
Joyce M. Smith
BOONEVILLE – Joyce M. Smith, 90, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born July 1, 1922, in Booneville to Noah Curlee Michael and Alyce Lelia Tucker Michael. A member of Gaston Baptist Church, she was a Sunday school teacher for 51 years. After teaching in the public schools for 37 years, she worked as a wedding decorator for 27 years. She was a volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She loved her church work, and she enjoyed traveling, flowers and yard work.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Ben Parman, Bro. Matt Brown and Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Cummings (Harold) of Booneville; a sister, Virginia M. Cox (Troy) of Rienzi; two nephews, Barry D. Cox (Jane) of Tupelo and Miles D. Cox of Booneville; a niece, Brenda S. Cox of Rienzi; a great-niece, Andrea C. Harris (Tim) of Rienzi; a great-nephew, Dustin C. Cox (Claudia) of Nashville; two great-great-nephews, Adam Harris and Ethan Cox; a great-great-niece, Haley Harris; and a very good friend and teaching colleague, Ron Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Hatfield, Ronnie Guin, Craig Bishop, Roger Dale Brown, Chad Bullard, Kevin Eubank, Roy Holley, J.W. Jacobs, Billy McCoy, Kenneth Nicholson, Dewey Wilemon, Mike Tutor, William L. McKinney, James McKinney, Bill Spain, Jesse Cummings, Don Eubank, Doug White, as well as Larry Hankins and Jerry Moorman, who are deceased.
Memorials may be made to the Gaston Baptist Church Building Fund, 1908 Gaston Road, Booneville, MS 38829.
Ora Stewart Bowen
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ora Stewart Bowen, 94, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her home. Services will be at noon Friday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.The remains will lie in repose from 1 until 5:30 p.m. today at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home, and from 11 a.m. until service time on Friday.
Juanita Moore Wigington
RIPLEY – Juanita Moore Wigington, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later.
William Edward Wilson
WEST POINT – William Edward Wilson, 64, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle Medical Center in Columbus. He was born Sept. 23, 1947, in Dancy to Mildred J. Dalton and Hernand D. Wilson. He was a shipping supervisor at Bryan Foods where he worked for 36 years. Most recently he had worked with First Student and was a member of the West Point Church of God. He married Jacki Garnett Wilson on Nov. 14, 1969, in West Point.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Al Stockton officiating, assisted by Bro. James Gardner. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jacki Garnett Wilson of West Point; two daughters, Rosalynn Merchant (Jason) of Caledonia and LeeAnn Griffin of West Point; six grandchildren, Rylee Beth Griffin, Caleb Griffin, Jackie Caroline Griffin, Samuel Jones, Colton Merchant and Reagan Merchant; one sister, Carolyn Dewberry of Maben; and one brother, Donnie Wilson (Janice) of West Point.
Preceding him in death were his sister, Melba W. Andrews, and four brothers, Gene Wilson, John D. Wilson, Wayne Wilson and Harold L. Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Lamar Mills, Henry Vaughn, Tim Wilson, Todd Garnett and Brian Mackey. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mark Ellis, Baptist Hospice, his former co-workers at Bryan Foods, and co-workers at First Student.
Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Mississippi Chapter, 1640 Lelia Drive, Suite 130, Jackson, MS 39216.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Ancel Arden Henry, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born July 14, 1919, in Alcorn County to Clyde and Lena Henry. He was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church and a retired farmer. In 1942, he entered the Army, having fought in five major campaigns during his 32 months overseas – Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arne, Southern France, Rhineland and central Europe. He was a tank commander and received an honorable discharge as a sergeant. He received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle East Theater Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, the American Defense Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and Purple Heart for wounds received. He enjoyed playing guitar for the Hatchie Ramblers.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lone Oak Baptist Church with Bro. Charles “Smiley” Mills officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Lone Oak Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Mira (Charles) Vaiden of Middleton, Tenn., Gail (Johnny) Hill of Dumas; sons, Jimmy (Vicky) Henry 0f Satillo, Jeff (fiancee Diane Cole) of Kossuth, Joey (Sheila) Henry of Corinth, Aaron (Cathy) Henry of Kossuth; grandchildren Melissa (Dell) Hopper, Tony (Tarra) Robinson, Charlie (Andrea) Robinson, Brad (Klancy) Hill, Kelly (Shane) Fryar, Abby (Colby) Roberts, Patrick (Lindsey) Henry, April (Adam) Bullard, Shelby Henry, Justin (Lisa) Henry, Christy (Joe) Irwin, Tyler (Jade) Henry, Heather (Robert) Sharp, Haley Henry, Curtis (Deonne) Henry, Matthew (Christina) Henry; 27 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Essary Henry; his parents; sisters, Bernice Strickland and Laverne Moore; and brothers Otis and Enoch Henry.
Grandsons will service as pallbearers.
Family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. today, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to service time at Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Memorials can be made to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 1603, Corinth, MS 38835
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
ABERDEEN – Helen Turner died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Highlands Nursing Home in Bessemer, Ala. She was born Feb. 18, 1915, in St. Paul, Minn., to Anton E. and Alma J. Amundson. She graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis in 1933, and worked government jobs in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Kansas City and Los Angeles. She married William S. Turner on Aug. 20, 1943, and had lived in Aberdeen since 1948. She retired in 1980 from the Monroe County Welfare amp& Food Stamp Office. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 178 and a past worthy matron. She was also a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Oddfellows Cemetery in Greenwood, with Tisdale Lann Memorial Funeral Home in charge.
Survivors include a son, William H. Turner (Debra) of Hamilton; a daughter, Maurine Taylor (Robert) of Hoover, Ala.; four granddaughters, Jennifer Langford and Christi Turner of Mobile, Ala., and Kristen and Lauren Taylor of Birmingham; two great-grandsons, Christopher Rowell and Blake Langford of Wren and Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Henry Espen, Arthur Amundson and Walter Amundson; three sisters, Bernice Friedland, Myrtle MacBeth and Fern Goddard.
Visitation will be 4 until 7 p.m. today at Tisdale Lann Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelann memorial.com.
Robert Dale Little
BOLIVER – Robert Dale Little, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Boliver Medical Center.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today in Corinth National Cemetery.
ABERDEEN – Barbara Jean Gooch Allmond, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 18, 1934, to F. L. Gooch and Veda Hooper Gooch in Senath, Mo. She lived in Aberdeen since 1957. She was co-owner and partner of Allmond Printing Company in Aberdeen. She was a member of Aberdeen Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Thomas E. “Tom” Allmond of Aberdeen; two daughter, Veda Fritch (Tommy) of Pueblo, Colo., and Elizabeth Welch (Keith) of Franklin, Tenn.; three sons, Tim Allmond (Tammy) of Fayette, Ala., Ernie Allmond (Jackie) of Aberdeen and John Allmond (Emily) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Kay Rundal of Flint, Mich., and June Whitson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Sam Allmond, Syd Allmond, Edwin Fritch, Mark Hulsey, Steve English, Terry Smith, John Inmon and Bill Borcicky.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Sign the register and send condolences online www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Carole G. Spencer
CORINTH – Carole Gifford Spencer died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Carole was born Feb. 7, 1945, in Rienzi to Eugene Buton and Johnie Johnson Gifford. She graduated from Thrasher High School in 1963 as valedictorian, then attended NEMCC and Ole Miss, graduating with a bachelor of arts in English. She retired from Renasant Bank in 2009 serving as assistant vice president and loan officer. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, serving as past president of the Methodist Women. She served on various boards from The Area Arts Council, AMEN Food Pantry, local area Girl Scouts, was a member of Kiwanis Club and spent 18 years in Corinth Band-Aids. She enjoyed writing novels and had two that are unpublished, “Kate’s Baby” and “Place Called Hope.”
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Prentiss M. Gordon Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the City Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Johnny Spencer of Corinth; daughters, Sylbia jacobs (Ray) of Corinth, Amy Vanderford (Hal) of Carrollton, Kasey Atkins (Eric) of Corinth and Mary Katharine (Brian) Sullivan of Gulfport; a brother, Eugene Gifford (Betty) of Thrasher; grandchildren, Allie Rhea Jacobs, Clayton Jacobs, Sam Vanderford, William Vanderford and Anderson Atkins; and numerous other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Harold and William Gifford.
Pallbearers will be Ray Jacobs, Hal Vanderford, Eric Atkins, Brian Sullivan, Steve Knight and Marty Ducote. Honorary pallbearers will be past, present and future Corinth Band-Aids.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
James Edward Hurst
WEST POINT – James Edward Hurst, 64, died, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. James Towery officiating, assisted by Charles Hurst providing the eulogy. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Irene M. Jones
RED BAY, Ala. – Irene M. Jones, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala.
BALDWYN – Dorothy Ray Hill, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a retired employee of Lucky Star Industries with over 30 years of service. She was a member of the Ingram Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, sewing and flower gardening.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wallace Pannell and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will follow in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy Green (Fred) of Baldwyn; a son, Randy Hill (Dinah) of Baldwyn; three grandchildren, Kyle Green (Teresa), Monica Lindsey (Adam) and Mallory Hill; three great-grandchildren, Sarah Green, Caleb Green and Kolby Lindsey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.V. Hill; her parents, N. T. and Doxie Rogers Ray; a grandchild, Natalie Lindsey; and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Charles Collier, Gerald Collier, Jimmy Downs, Robert Ray, Joe Vernon Johnson and John Johnson.
GOLDEN – Anthony Wayne “Tony” Gurley, 40, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Selmer, Tenn., on Oct. 30, 1971, and was a logger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Antioch Baptist Church in Golden with Bro. Skippy Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Amanda Gurley of Golden; three children, Andrea Michelle Gurley, Kristy Marie Gurley and Wesley James Gurley; his mother, Brenda Hodum (James) of Pochahontas, Tenn.; one sister, Tonya Baker of Hornsby, Tenn.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Nola Underwood of Golden.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Wayne Gurley.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church and continue until service time on Friday.
John Sidney Earp Jr.
HOUSTON – John “Hick” Sidney Earp Jr. 68, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1944, in Woodland to John Sidney Earp, Sr. and Clara Ward Earp. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Chapter 42 DAV, American Legion and VFW. He also was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Bean and Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Bethal Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Rose Schwalenburg Earp of Houston; one daughter, Bonnie (Chris) Gill of Houston; one son, Paul D. Earp of Houston; two grandchildren, Jonathan Gill and Abbie Claire Gill, both of Houston; three sisters, Rose M. (Bill) Burgess of Lucedale, Martha “Boots” (Otis) Mooneyham and Ann (Rev. Eddie) Bean of Waynesboro; two brothers, Thomas (Sharon) Earp of Greenwood; Jimmy (Lisa) Earp of Wren; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Earp of Houlka; and a special aunt, Alice Hill of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beatrice Moss; a brother, Howard Earp; a nephew, John Michael Earp; and a great-niece, Sydney Earp.
For online condolences visit, www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.