By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Marjorie Eloise Featheringill, 90, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. She was born Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1922, in Jay County, Ind., one of eight children born to Emery and Bertha Robinson. She was the wife of the late Merritt Bud Featheringill for 68 years. Over the years they lived in Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico, southern California and Mississippi. She was a housewife, baker and professional cake decorator. She managed a restaurant in Indiana and later with her husband, later opened Marge’s Bakery and Cafe in Oracle, Ariz. She was an active member of the Tupelo Homemakers Club, Lee County Extension Office and the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Wellness Center. Her family and friends describe her as a loving and gentle mother, grandma and great-grandma who never forgot to send a card to each person on their birthday/anniversary. She was mom to many who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son, Richard Featheringill (June) of Tupelo; her daughter, Myrna Rohr of Hemet, Calif.; three granddaughters, Suzanne Johnson (Anthony) of Franklin, Tenn., Deborah Schneider (Chris) of Adrian, Mich., and Jennifer Rohr Gillett (Matt) of San Mateo, Calif.; and seven great-grandchildren, Eric and Nickolas Johnson, Alexis De Long, Tyler Schneider, Jackson Gillett, Nickolas Schneider and Brittney Schneider.
A brief service was held Thursday at Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory in Hemet, Calif. A memorial service will be held in Tupelo at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association, National Autism Foundation or Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.miller-jones.com.
SHANNON – Margie Shumpert Conner, 64, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born March 2, 1948, in Dorsey to J.D. and Mary Lee Davis Shumpert. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon. She attended East High School in Fulton and DeVry Institute in Chicago. She also earned a real estate license. She worked at NMMC in Tupelo, continued in Chicago with the Stewart Warner Corp., and retired in 2006 from Scholle Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon with the Rev. G.L. Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include son, Daniel (Rosebud) Conner of Shannon; goddaughter, Vaketa Cary; godsons, Bryant Johnson and James Howard; sisters, Thelma K. Gibson, Faynetter Shumpert, Jeanetta (David) Jones and Louise (Jimmy Wayne) Blair, and brothers, James and Joseph A. Shumpert: special niece, Burdine Conner; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law, Debbie Conner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rubin Conner; parents, and two brothers Jerry Joe and Terry Wayne Shumpert.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
Ronald C. Archer
WREN – Ronald C. Archer, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BURNSVILLE – Joseph Ray “Joe” Wigginton, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Lelonzo Quendra “Quan” Andrews, 33, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Batesvlle. A native of Panola County, he grew up in Oxford and attended the Oxford Public Schools. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Oxford, where he served as a member and director of the choir, and a member of the junior Usher Board. He was a manager for McDonald’s. He loved children, dressing up in nice clothes, people, church singing and making others happy.
Services will be at noon Sunday at Second Baptist Church in Oxford. Dr. LeRoy Wadlington will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Eureka AME Zion Cemetery in Batesville. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Mae Helen Williams of Oxford; His father and stepmother, Robert Earl (Teresa) Williams Sr. of Milwaukee, Wis.; five sisters, Tara Williams-Rudd (Michael) and Shakevia Andrews-Wiley (Kentrell), all of Batesville, Lakesha Holmes of Crowder, Aryannia Williams and Aliyiah Williams, both of Milwaukee; one brother, Robert Earl Williams Jr. of Milwaukee; and grandmother, Mary Lee “Aunt Sister” Andrews of Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eureka AME Zion Church in Batesville and one hour prior to services Sunday at Second Baptist in Oxford.
ABERDEEN – George Willie “Bo Peep” Poe, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was a brick mason for many years and a member of Ebernezer M.B. Church.
Services will be Saturday at Belle Memorial Funeral Chapel in Aberdeen. Pastor David James will officiate. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Amanda Poe; two daughters, Elaine Poe of Houston, Texas, and Mary Kate Poe of Norfolk, Va.; five brothers, Herron Poe, James Poe, Arthur Ray Poe, Peter Poe of Knoxville, Tenn., and Leroy (Shirley) Poe of Amory; and three sisters, Carrie Bell (Willie) McMillian, Berniece Poe and Dorothy (Willie) Robertson, all of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by father, Glenzy Poe Sr.; a son, George Willie Poe Jr.; and a brother, Glenzy Poe Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WREN – Ada Mae Crawford White, 87, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Nursing Facility in Verona. She was born Oct. 20, 1924, to Tommy Crawford and Armendi Cook Crawford. She completed her education at the Gordon School System in Wren. She was a member of New Prospect M.B. Church, where she was the Mother of the Church and a member of the choir. She was self-employed, a seamstress by trade, and a super cook. She enjoyed working in her garden and flowers, and she loved her church, children and grand-children.
A celebration of life service will be at noon on Saturday at New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton with the Rev. George R. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the New Prospect Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy White Hawkins and Geraldine McIntosh of Okolona; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene White; two sons, Willie White and Tommie White; and one daughter, Evelyn “Sally” White Shumpert.
Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PLANTERSVILLE – Services for Authur Brooks, 55, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. There will be no repast.
MOOREVILLE – Irvin Wayne Guntharp, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at his home. He was born May 7, 1933, in Coahoma County to C.M. and Myrtle Bowen Guntharp. He worked as a truck driver with Hardin’s Bakery for 17 years before becoming disabled. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Koinonia Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his yard. He loved the Lord, and his family was his life.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Howard Pearce and Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial will be in the Harden’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betty Guntharp of Mooreville; his daughter, Melissa Bramlett (Jerry) of Mooreville; three brothers, Leon Guntharp and Larry Guntharp (Linda), both of Fulton, and Edward Guntharp (Shirley) of Nettleton; nine grandchildren, Meaghan Slay (Hunter), Drew Hart, Blake Hart, Josh Box, Peyton Bramlett, Tommy Bramlett, Patrick Chambers, Kody Fisk and Niki Bramlett; and one great-grandson, Kolby Hart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Guntharp and wife, Jean; and a sister-in-law, Christine Guntharp.
Pallbearers will be Jamie McDonald, M.C. Smith, Joey Hargett, Tim Hardin, Terry Joe Hardin, Jeff Hargett, Jason Guntharp, Johnny Guntharp, Mark Guntharp and Wayne Lesley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – John Esther Ruffin, 57, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Oxford, he was the son of Wilber T. Ruffin and Lillie McGee Ruffin. He received his education in the Oxford School System. He was an employee of the Emerson Electric Company, a former stocker for Walmart and a custodian for Bramlett Elementary School. He was an Army veteran. He loved fishing, his family, and playing chess and dominoes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church in Oxford. The Rev. Anthony Ruffin will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherelyn (Terry) Ealey of Water Valley and Ameka (Kandji) Taylor of Houston, Texas; one son, Daron Ruffin of Memphis; three sisters, Deborah Jones and Wanda Ruffin, both of Oxford, and Alice Ruffin-Ivy of Duluth, Ga.; one brother, Sammie McGee of Lafayette, Ind.; his companion, Lacqula Fuller of Oxford; a godson, Quroterrious Townsend of Oxford; and 14 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church.
Roosevelt McGee Jr.
WOODLAND – Roosevelt McGee Jr., 82, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lower Prairie Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – Roslyn Ewell, 57, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WREN – Pauline Frederick Powers, 76, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born Feb. 15, 1936, she was a daughter of A.C. and Jettie Myers Frederick. She married Gilbert Powers in 1975. A graduate of Hatley High School, she was self-employed in retail until her retirement. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Bigbee Baptist Church. Her greatest joy was spending time with and providing unselfishly for her family.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Tranquil Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Powers of Wren; four sons, Wayne Holloway of Winfield, Ala., Ronnie Wilhite of Wren, Ricky Wilhite of Wren and Tim Chism of Hatley; two sisters, Linda Fowler of Tupelo and Annie McElroy of Arkansas; two brothers, Willis Frederick of Mantachie and William Frederick of Hatley; seven grandchildren, Alan Holloway, Cassy Holloway, Chandler Chism, Lance Wilhite, Lacy Wilhite, Bri Oliver and Courtney Oliver; and three great-grandchildren, Destiny Holloway, Bailey Holloway and Cooper Holloway.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Saturday.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Virgil Sides Sr.
TIPLERSVILLE – Virgil Leroy Sides Sr., 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 23, 1932, to Albert Sides and Ruth Ann Williams Sides. He was a Baptist and a logger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Buddy Sides officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.
He is survived by four daughters, Dorothy Tolleson (Kirby) of Booneville, Connie Strickland (Keith) of Ashland, Annie Graves (Ray) of Ripley and Kristy O’Dell (Josh) of Tiplersville; two sons, Virgil Leroy Sides Jr. (Donna) of Ripley and Eddie Sides (Kay) of Falkner; two sisters, Bessie Sanders of Falkner and Irene Wilbanks of Dry Creek; one brother, Walter Sides (Ruth) of Ripley; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Wade, Blake Sides, Stephen Sides, Billy Ray Johnson Jr., Taylor Johnson, Billy Ray Johnson Sr., Josh O’Dell and Keith Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Kenneth Sonwineski and Justin Driver.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann Smith Sides; parents; one son, Claude Daniel Sides; granddaughter, Klaudia O’Dell; three brothers; and one sister.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Jane Alexandria Whiteside Coleman, 49, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. She was born May 5, 1963, in Frankfort, Germany, to Tommy Whiteside and Peggy Goode Whiteside. She was a homemaker and a member of Ecru Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, John Coleman of Pontotoc; mother, Peggy Whiteside of Myrtle; father, Tommy Whiteside of Memphis; her daughter, Tiffany Coleman of Pontotoc; a sister, Kathy Jackson (Richard) of New Albany; a brother, Randy Whiteside (Wilma Harville) of Myrtle; and an uncle, Scott Goode of Myrtle.
Pallbearers will be David Frazier, Randy Bullock, Gary Rowell, Jeff Skelton, Mark Whittington and Scott Moorman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OXFORD – James Roy Duncan, 87, formerly of Tupelo, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Zella Mae Potter
TUPELO – Zella Mae Brownwell Potter, 91, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Tupelo. She was born in Pawnee, Okla., on Aug. 3, 1921, to William Samuel Atkinson Brownwell and Emma Clark Brownwell. She spent most of her adult life in Mississippi, which she loved and thought of as her home state. She lived many years in Hernando prior to moving to Fulton where she resided for 40 years. She was an active member of Fulton United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and president of the United Methodist Women. She served as an officer in the Tupelo-New Albany District of the United Methodist Women. In addition to her church work, she was actively involved with the Itawamba Christian Women for many years. Prior to becoming a full-time homemaker and community volunteer, she held secretarial positions at Fitzsimons Military Hospital in Denver, University of Mississippi, the Itawamba County Times and Mississippi State Extension Service. She also served as the executive secretary of the DeSoto County Unit of the Memphis Chapter of the American Red Cross in Hernando. She especially enjoyed being a Pink Lady at the Itawamba County Hospital. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was a regular visitor at Daniel Nursing Home, taking ice cream to the residents every week. She participated in Leadership Itawamba and assisted in developing the county’s business incubator. Among her passions was helping people in need, providing meals, clothing, assistance with medical expenses, transportation and friendship. She was an angel on earth to many. She was a devoted grandmother to Matt and Will. She shared with them her Christian beliefs and, by example, the importance of character, integrity, selflessness and passion for life.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, at Fulton United Methodist Church. The Rev. Glyn Wiygul and the Rev. Phillip Box will officiate. Burial will follow in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Clifford David Potter of Tupelo; daughter, Melody Potter Boyington (Brian) of Oviedo, Fla.; and grandsons, Matthew David Reedy (Bonnie) of Woodstock, Ga., and William Samuel Reedy of Los Angeles, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Will Reedy, Matt Reedy, Todd Boyington, Bill Howell, James Neaves and Luzerne Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Charlie Mae Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Fulton United Methodist Church.
Memorials can be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church, 301 East Main Street, Fulton, MS 38843.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
RIPLEY – Stephen Bruce Bourg, 63, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 5, 1949, to Louis Albert Bourg Sr. and Ruby Irene Chapman Bourg. He was a Baptist and worked on an offshore oil rig.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Gates officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by one brother, Louis Bourg Jr. (Margaret) of Cordova, Tenn.; two nieces, Dawn Eva Bourg of Rocky Mount, N.C., and LaShea Bourg-Brown of Walnut; one nephew, Louis Shane Bourg (Meredith) of Ripley; two great-nieces, Jayla Sage Brown of Walnut and Roxann Bourg of Moscow, Ohio; one great-nephew, Talen Bourg of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Twila Jo Hill.
Pallbearers will be David Chapman, Justin Wilbanks, Andrew Wilbanks, Patrick Wilbanks, Timothy Robinson and J. C. Dickinson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Betty K. White
WEST POINT – Betty K. White, 88, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Thomas Wayne Hester, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Life Care Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Rose Marie Doss
ABERDEEN – Rose Marie Doss died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westbrook Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Palo Alto Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. today with a wake from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Beverly J. Gray
FULTON – Beverly J. Gray, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. She was born on April 17, 1947, to Marshall and Ruby Earline Roberts Funderburk in Itawamba County. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. She enjoyed helping others, sewing and making quilts. She worked as an RN in health care for 35 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Dale Sartin and Bro. Bobby Cossey officiating. Burial will be in Clover Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacquline Jones (Richard) of Tremont; son, Chris Hare (Kristy) of Pontotoc; sister, Doris Jean Strickland of Plantersville; grandchildren, Michael Jones, Holly Jones and Zach Hare; stepgrandchildren, Evan Bridges and Brenna-Kate Keys; very special friend, Dewey Sonny Jackson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Edgar Thomas Hare Jr.; a sister, Linda Lou Orrick; and a brother, Jimmy Funderburk.
Pallbearers will be Brian Funderburk, Phillip Orrick, Michael Jones, Zach Hare, Kenneth Orrick and Jerry Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Johnnie Earl Rounds, 51, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Mary Ann Irby
PONTOTOC – Mary Ann Irby died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She loved life and having a good time.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in West Heights Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two nieces, Donna Martin and Linda Nelson; two nephews, Larry Weeden and Jimmy Weeden; and one aunt, Luna Mae Self.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Williams; her mother, Donnie Long; and a sister, Peggy Weeden.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Romenion Buford Jr.
HOUSTON – Romenion Buford Jr., 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at his home in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point.
Vera M. Doering
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Vera Marie Brogan Doering, 92, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in San Antonio. A native and longtime resident of Akron, Ohio, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Doering. She is survived by a son and three daughters, including Jane Tonos of Tupelo. Service arrangements are pending.