Obituaries 2.26.01

Betty Clowers

PONTOTOC Betty Clowers, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at her residence from injuries sustained in a tornado.

She was a retired nurse from Pontotoc Family Medical Center.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she was assistant music director. Her son, Donnie Gene Clowers, also died in the same storm.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Hartley, Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Jack Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include two brothers, Johnny Seale and Riley Seale of Pontotoc; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis Dupree Seale and Mary Edna Seale.

Pallbearers will be Leighth Roye, Buddy Ellis, Jerry Hampton, Waymon Peden, James Ray Morrison and Dexter Long.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Lee McClung

CORINTH Lee O. McClung, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Magnolia Regional Healthcare Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Marietta S. Kneisly

Marietta S. Kneisly, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Cedars Health Center, where she had briefly resided. She was born Dec. 23, 1913, in Greene County, Ohio, to the late Erith Shoup and Ethel Rinehart Shoup. She grew up in Ohio, lived 17 years in Atlanta and 10 years in Holland, Mich., before moving to Lee County in 1975. She was a homemaker. She was active in Republican politics and served as the first female city commissioner in Avondale States, Ga. She was a member of the Tupelo Country Club, former president of the Newcomer’s Club and was a volunteer at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, golfing and sewing.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herschel Wiygul and the Rev. John Sudduth officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Ralph W. Kneisly of Tupelo, to whom she was married, March 2, 1935, in Dayton, Ohio; two sons, Robert C. Kneisly and his wife, Jeanne, of Baldwyn and Philip Randal Kneisly of Tupelo; one sister, Dorthy Bausman of Beaver Creek, Ohio; four grandchildren, Craig, Jody, Nathan and Natalie Kneisly; five great-grandchildren, Shea, Emily, Chase, Ciara and Dylon; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, several siblings; and one granddaughter, Marie White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tate Stokley, Tom Barnett, Sam Marshall, Jim Felton, Cecil Weeks, Elmer Potts, Ed Collins, Charlie Mullinex, Chuck Crossen, Sims Reeves and Harry Walker.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Free Clinic, 420 Magazine Street, Tupelo, Miss., 38801.

W.C. Maness

CORINTH W.C. Maness, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at his residence. He was born in Alcorn County. He attended Clear Creek Church of Christ and was retired from Corinth Gas and Water Department after 32 years of service.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral home with the Rev. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty Jo Gilmore Maness of Corinth; and one sister, Retha Meeks of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rone and Cora Vanderford Maness; two sisters, Sue Smith and Leeth Houston; and two brothers, Armon Maness of Corinth and J.T. Maness of Corinth.

Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Michael Seale

PONTOTOC Michael Seale, 36, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at his residence from injuries sustained during a tornado. He was a self-employed livestock trader and a member of West Heights Baptist Church. He was a member of AQHA and was active in professional barrel racing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Hartley, Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Jack Gregory officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Johnny Seale of Pontotoc; his mother, Dorothy Seale of Pontotoc; one sister, Tina Kollmeyer and her husband, Will, of Tupelo; a special friend, Lori Harmon; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Britt Bramlett, Dexter Long, Brad Ward, Steve Wren, James Ray Morrison and Randy Seale.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Donnie Clowers

PONTOTOC Donnie Clowers, 40, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at his residence from injuries sustained in a tornado. He was born Aug. 6, 1960, in Pontotoc County. He was assistant office manager at Pontotoc Family Medical Clinic and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a wrestling fan. His mother, Betty Clowers, also died in the same storm.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Hartley, Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Jack Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Rayburn Clowers of Alabama; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Fred Nabors, Dr. John Mitchell, Dr. Steve Montgomery, Dr. Paul Whiteside, David Angle and James Ray Morrison.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

James B. Cockrell

MANTACHIE James B. Cockrell, 47, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.

Mary Bethay

AMORY Mary Bethay, 74, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Brian Knight

MABEN Brian Knight, 31, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, from the results of an automobile accident.

He was born Aug. 3, 1969, in Prentiss. He was a band saw operator at Avon Manufacturing in Eupora and a member of First United Pentecostal Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First United Pentecostal Church in Eupora with Bro. R.L. Tolbert, Bro. Dallas Marcum and Bro. James Fason Jr. officiating.

Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home Chapel of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Kristy Knight of Maben; his mother and stepfather, Shirel and Jerry James of Houston; his father, Harlon Starnes of Bean Station, Tenn.; his maternal grandparents, Elroy and Mae Guy of Prentiss; his paternal grandparents, Wheeler and Edith Starnes of McComb; two daughters, Chelsea Knight of Maben and Sarah Knight Reynolds of Woodland; three sons, Tyler Miller and Nick Knight of Maben and Christopher Knight Reynolds of Woodland; three sisters, Sheree Fason and Misty Knight of Eupora and Robin Price of Picwick, Tenn.; three brothers, James Fason Jr. of Eupora, Randy Starnes of Edwards and Rusty Starnes of Jackson; two nieces, Tammara and Dalonna Fason.

The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Murray Walker Jr.

CORINTH Murray Walker Jr., 77, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.

Thomas Hardin

HOLLY SPRINGS Thomas William Hardin, 68, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Alliance Health Care Systems.

He was born April 9, 1932, in Union County to Richard Hardin and Martha Horn.

He was a truck driver and U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be private. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hardin of Holly Springs; one son, Richard Hardin of Southaven; three daughters, Nancy Scott of Etta, Nita Harris of Booneville, Mo., and Nona Bennett of Myrtle; one brother, Carl Hardin of Oxford; one sister, Lanie Webb of East Peoria, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

Olen Johns

NASHVILLE Olen Leon Johns, 81, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

A native of Alcorn County, he was born April 4, 1919, to the late Tom and Lurley Allen Johns.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a licensed pilot, automobile dealer, mechanic and appliance salesman.

He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Johns of Glen.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Johns Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Pamela L. Ranburger of Pineville, La.; one sister, Martha Pennington of Millington, Tenn.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jerry Douglas

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. Jerry Douglas, 57, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis.

He was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Bruceton, Tenn., to Otis Douglas and Sybil King Douglas. He was a purchasing manager at Camfil Farr in Holly Springs and a member of First Baptist Church in Collierville.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., with Bro. Gary Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Slayden Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, June Carpenter Douglas of Collierville, Tenn.; one daughter, Sharyn Lyn Thompson of Trenton, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Sabrina Greer of Cordova, Tenn.; two stepsons, Derrell Greer of Memphis and Jerrell Greer of Bartlett, Tenn.; one brother, Larry Douglas of Schererville, Ind.; two sisters, Brenda Kay Studniarz of Griffith, Ind., and Paulette Lorenzen of Schererville, Ind.; two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Feltus, Joe Flangan, Darrell Douglas, George Flowers, Bill Davis, Tom Murray and David Douglas.

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. today at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to a favorite charity.

Lavell Huddleston

PLANTERSVILLE Lavell Huddleston died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

James Perry

MT. PLEASANT James Andrew Perry II, 51, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1949, in Mt. Pleasant to James A. Perry and Velma Wilson. He was a member of the Church of God and was a mechanic.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Adams and Bro. Armand Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Katie Perry of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, James A. Perry III of Rossville, Ga., and Autin Perry of Mt. Pleasant; four daughters, Tina Lipham, Bonnie Doerrwhactor and Christy Perry, all of Rossville, Ga., and Carmen Perry of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Lucy Orman of Collierville, Tenn., and Barbara Joyner of Memphis; 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amber Doerrwhactor.

Pallbearers will be Richie Orman, Richie Joyner, Barry Joyner Sr., Tim Orman, Barry Joyner Jr., and Larry Joyner.

Don Crouch

FULTON Donald “Don” Crouch, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 20, 1928, in Springfield, Ky., to the late Ruel and Myrtle Mae Coulter Crouch. He was active in the U.S. Navy for 25 years and was a truck driver for 25 years. He was currently employed with Freight Inc., of Fulton. He was a member and secretary of the Fairview Masonic Lodge No. 457, and the Scottish Rite. He was a charter member of Itawamba Shrine Club and was a member of Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield, Ky., and the Retired Navy Veterans.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Adams, Bro. Mike Bridges and Speaker Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Crouch of Fulton; two daughters, Donna Thompson of E-Town, Ky., and Carolyn Wilemon of Fulton; one son, Wade Wood of Fulton; three sisters, Mary Logsdon, Robbie Langford and Pauline Sweazy, all of Springfield, Ky.; six grandchildren, Chris, Shenna and Skyler Thompson, Casey Wade Wood, Cale Wilemon and Steven Wilemon; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Wilemon.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Wilemon, Kenneth Adams, Kevin Summerford, Danny Webb, Billy Harris and Larry Strickland.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of Fairview Masonic Lodge.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today.