Obituaries 12-17-01

Daily Journal

Obituary Policy

The Daily Journal publishes obituaries, up to seven column inches in length, free as a public service. Obituaries are accepted only from funeral homes.

All obituaries will include the deceased person’s name, age, occupation, date and place of death, time and place of services, and names of immediate family survivors. A brief paragraph of information such as church and community activities also will be included.

Additional information may be included, but the charge for length exceeding seven inches will be $9.64 per column inch. Charges will be billed through the funeral home.

Funeral homes may call 678-1574, 842-2612 or 1-800-270-2612 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily to submit obituaries. The Daily Journal’s fax number is 842-2233. Any corrections must be called in by the funeral home.

Johnny Wiygul

AMORY – Johnny Wiygul Jr., 65, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E. E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tony McCoy

BOONEVILLE – George Anthony “Tony” McCoy, 49, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jack Eaton

RIPLEY – Jackie “Jack” Edwin Eaton, 31, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, as the result of an auto accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 3 to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home. Alvis Pilgreen

CALHOUN CITY – Alvis Chester Pilgreen, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born June 13, 1926, in Calhoun County to the late Virgie Langston Pilgreen and Chester M. Pilgreen. He was a retired engineer with the Soil Conservation Service and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Calhoun City and a former Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a former member of the Salvation Army Board and was involved in Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Domino Club in Greenwood. He was a 1950 graduate of Mississippi State College.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Hardin and the Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Hardin Pilgreen of Calhoun City; two daughters, Carolyn Pilgreen of Houston, Texas, and Cathy Pilgreen Jones of Jackson; two granddaughters, Natlie Jones of Memphis and Emily Jones of Jackson.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hamilton, Joey Hamilton, Todd Cospolich, Roy McDowell, Josh Hamilton, Billy Frank Funderburg, A.D. Spratlin and Charles Cary Hardin.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi State University Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Billy Brock

PHILADELPHIA – Billy Brock, 38, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at his home in Philadelphia.

Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. Burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, JoAnn Seale of Philadelphia; one sister, Julie Henson of Philadelphia; one niece, Laura Henson of Philadelphia; one nephew, Ricky Dean of Philadelphia.

Chester Hargett

JUMPERTOWN – Chester Hargett died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at his residence in Jumpertown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral home.

Wesley Swindle

JUMPERTOWN – Wesley Swindle died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Todd Fowler

DENNIS – Todd Dale Fowler, 40, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at the Red Bay Hospital. He had been an employee of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. He served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, achieving the rank of E-6. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and attended Dennis United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with the Rev. Steve DeVore officiating. Burial will be in the Sommers Cemetery in East Marietta.

Survivors include three daughters, Erica Fowler of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Connie Fowler of Live Oaks, Fla., and Leslie Fowler of Belmont; his parents, Ray and Dolores Fowler of Dennis; one sister, Liz Russell and her husband, Alan, of Dennis; one brother, Ronald Fowler and his wife, Felicia of Belmont; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Fowler, in 1993.

Pallbearers will be Wade Fowler, Howard Cumm, Bobby Oliver, Henry Adams, Tommy Fowler and Gerald Fowler.

Honorary pallbearers will be L.C. Bridges and Joe Fowler.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ell Harris

CORINTH – Ell Harris, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by

Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.

Jim Barnes

BLUE MOUNTAIN – James A. “Jim” Barnes, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at his residence. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, during which he served in Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army and the 602nd Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was a member of VFW Post No. 4978. He was a born again Christian who enjoyed visiting his neighbors and reading. He was also an avid sportsman who loved hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Franky Smith and Bro. Robert Vandiver officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.

He is survived by one sister, Betty Vandiver of Blue Mountain.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pemie Ann Mock and Lonette Barnes Campbell; and two brothers, Marvin L. Barnes and George W. Barnes Jr.

Pallbearers will be Tony Vandiver, Roger Barnes, Michael Don Busby, Mark Odom, Dale Vandiver and Gary Kenaum.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 314, Iuka, MS 38852.

Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Truman Gregory Jr.

PONTOTOC – Truman Gregory Jr., 64, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Ecru.

Gracie Johnson

BALDWYN – Gracie P. Johnson, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, Alline Albin and Billie Payne, both of Denham Springs, La., Myreal Davidson and Shirley Roberts, both of Baldwyn, Virginia Jordan of Hammond, La., and Edith Dixon of Bryant, Ark.; one son, David Johnson of Marietta; two sisters, Ada Herring of Amory and Alice Buse of Baldwyn; a special friend, Alex Eckford; 27 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Rank” Johnson; one son, William Darrell Johnson; four sisters; two brothers.

Pallbearers will be Alex Eckford, Jerry Johnson, Eddie Johnson, Mike Johnson, Tim Johnson, Neal Roberts, Anthony Roberts, James Province and Jeremy Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stevie Payne, Melvin Payne, Jimmy Payne, Jason Hendon, Derec Pridmore, Billy Thompson, Brian Sharp, John Christopher Jordan, Brandon Whitley and John T. Tigner.

Mary Katlin Brown

IUKA – Mary Katlin Brown died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at the Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home.

Faye Johnson

ALPINE – Lillie Faye Johnson, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Guntown.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Jody Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Myrtis Hamblin and her husband, Stokes, of New Albany, Polly Patterson and her husband, Bobby, Evelyn Harper and her husband, Bill, Janice Pannell and her husband, Daniel, and Wanda Johnson, all of Alpine; four sons, Sonny Johnson and his wife, Glo, of Baldwyn, Clifton Johnson, Danny Johnson and his wife, Cathy, and David Johnson and his wife, Pat, all of Alpine; one sister, Mary Nell Pannell and her husband, Ross, of Guntown; one brother, Miles Carlock and his wife, Edith, of Guntown; 26 grandchildren, Linda McClure, Ann Reed, Jean Roberts, Joe Harper, Jimmy Hardy, Sara Fowler, Jerry Hardy, Cindy Eddings, Karen Crowley, Michael Patterson, Leigh Hood, Wayne Johnson Jr., Marilyn Camp, Kim Floyd, Denise Floyd, Rodney Knight, Marsha Roberts, John Pannell, Lynsee Pannell, Ben Johnson, Marshal Johnson, Danielle Johnson, Jody Johnson, Alan Johnson, Andy Johnson and Candi Johnson; 33 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Johnson; an infant son; a daughter, Geneva Hardy; and a granddaughter, Melba Joyce Harper.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.