By NEMS Daily Journal
ASHLAND – Charlie Payne, 60, died April 2, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
AMORY – Josephine Warren, 84, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Grover Morris, 79, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Itawamba County to J.J. and Mary Frances Langley Morris. He worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling Works for 35 years. A longtime resident of Lee County and Shannon, he was the widower of Shirley Jane Prestage Morris, who died July 26, 1994. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, yard work, listening to gospel music and playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Richmond Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Ricky Pierce, the Rev. Ben Raper and the Rev. John McAllister officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Keeton of Saltillo; one son, Ricky Morris (Debra) of Shannon; two sisters, Flora Fennell of Mooreville and Cora Pruitt of Golden; six grandchildren, April Morris of Decatur, Ala., David Morris of Itawamba County, Delisha Mooney of Mantachie, Kristie Keeton of Tupelo, Jonathan Keeton and Jennifer Keeton, both of Saltillo; five great-grandchildren, Brayden Morris, Camden Morris, Kenna Morris, all of Itawamba County, Alex Lee and Zach Lee of Mantachie; and one step great-granddaughter, Hallie Brooke Mooney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley Jane Prestage Morris; two sisters, Pauline Martin and Arine Whitehead; two brothers, Pruitt Morris and Nelson Morris; and one great-grandaughter, Layla Morris.
Pallbearers will be Mark Mooney, Danny Hester, Tony Martin, Doyle Martin, Ricky Bishop and Gary Bishop
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
HOULKA – Nancy Ann Goodwin Collums, 70, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Houlka United Methodist Church.
Dr. F.B. Wiygul
COLUMBUS – Dr. Farrell Bryant Wiygul, better known as F.B., died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Jan. 7, 1930, in Dorsey to Frank Birdwell and Izola Wood Wiygul. He attended Itawamba Junior College, where he played football as one of Butch Lambert’s Boys and was elected Mr. IJC in 1949. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis in August of 1957. He soon opened his dentistry practice in Columbus, where he was still seeing patients. He was a member of Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity, Mississippi Dental Association, American College of Dentistry, American Dental Association, Mississippi District I Dental Society and the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics, where he served as past president.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, where he served as adult Sunday school teacher for the Lewis Fellowship Class. He was currently serving on the Staff Parrish Committee and the Usher Committee. He was a former chairman of the Administrative Board and Finance Committee and former member of the Trustees. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the North Mississippi Emmaus Group Committee and Breakfast Club and served as lay director for the Emmaus Walk.
He was a former member and stockholder of the Columbus Country Club. He was the first president of Old Waverly Golf Course and Country Club, where he still served in that capacity. A 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, he was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge and served as immediate and past Director of Royal Order of Jesters at Court 147, Hamasa Temple in Meridian. He was an avid golfer and bird hunter.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Sam Morris and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Wiygul Cemetery in Itawamba County. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Adele Wiygul of Columbus; five children, Bryant Wiygul Jr. (Patricia) of Columbus, Deborah Wiygul of Kingston Springs, Tenn., Tami White (Dean) of Lafayette, La., Bob Wiygul (Pam) of Columbus and Brad Wiygul of Del Mar, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Bryant Wiygul III (Anna Elizabeth), Huntley Wiygul, Claire Wiygul, Austin White, Katie White, Caleb Wiygul Earp, Willis Wiygul, Madeline Wiygul, Zach Wiygul and Ellie Wiygul; one great-grandchild, Farrell Wiygul IV; one sister, Halsie Fay Watson of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Frank, Charlie, Jim and Joel Wiygul; and a sister, Kathryn Tindall.
Pallbearers will be Si Thomas, Dr. Joe Elsberry, Dr. Mike Batson, Ray Gore, Bill McBryde, Dr. Mac Adams, Ralph McLain and Tommy Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ted Hardin, Walter Fleishhacker, Dewitt Hicks, Boyce McNeece, John Barron, George Bryan, Steve Bengal, Bill Collerado, Wilkes Bryan, Bill Clements, Tom Wolford and John Miller; the Lewis Fellowship Sunday School Class members; and the North Mississippi Emmaus Community members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p. m. Tuesday and from 12:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 32, Columbus, MS 39703.
BOONEVILLE – Gladys Pounds Files, 87, died Sunday, April 03, 2011, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Prentiss County to Joseph and Florence Calley Pounds. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Booneville Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. The eulogy will be given by her grandson, Jeffrey Crabb. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Billy (Ann) Crabb of Booneville; her grandson, Jeffrey (Sandra) Crabb of Madison, Ala.; her sister, Maxine England of Kenosha, Wis.; her great-granddaughter, Toni Crabb of Madison, Ala.; her great-grandson, Heath (Jennifer) Crabb of Huntsville, Ala.; two nieces, Linda Cosby and Diane Berndhart; and nephew, Charles England.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, R.G. Files; sister, Eva Ree Williams; brother, Kenneth Pounds; nieces, Beverly Tahtinen and Peggy Shockley; and nephews, Kenny Pounds and Paul England.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BYHALIA – Junior Franklin Wilbanks, 78, died April 1, 2011, at his son’s home in Memphis. He was born July 29, 1932, to Marshall Lowry and Lena Goode Wilbanks in Benton County. He was a self-employed construction worker. He was a member of Medlock United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Medlock Cemetery in Benton County. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Dale Kelly Wilbanks of Byhalia; three sons, Marvin Wilbanks (Debbie) of Byhalia, Carl Wilbanks and Michael Wilbanks (Mary), both of Memphis; three daughters, Mary Wilbanks, Donna Wilbanks and Elaine Wilbanks, all of Memphis; one brother, Tommy Wilbanks of Osceola, Ark.; one stepsister, Iva Lee Haley of Blythville, Ark; and one stepbrother, Nathan Wilbanks of Manila, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Danny Wilbanks; two sisters, Shirley Wilbanks and Pauline Danner; and three brothers, Loyd, Edward and Gerald Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Mary Jo Wood
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mary Jo Wood, 75, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at her son’s home in Montgomery, Ala. after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
WALNUT – Paul Ray Wilbanks, 61, died April 3, 2011, at his home. He was born June 28, 1949. He was a retired auto mechanic, and he was of a non-denominational faith. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Trent Nethery officiating. Burial will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Paul Wesley Wilbanks and wife, Jennifer of Corinth; his stepsons, Timmy Flake and friend, Marcie, Tommy Flake and wife, Adrianna, Stevie Flake and wife, Michelle, all of Walnut and Billy Flake of Corinth; his stepdaughters, Christie Barnes and husband, Jerry and Kathy Peterson of Walnut; 15 step grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; his brothers, Bobby Wilbanks and wife, Maxine of Corinth and Levoyd Wilbanks and companion, Linda Dunn of Walnut; and his sisters, Pat Wilbanks Malone and husband, Billy of Walnut and Shirley Hollis of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Mullins Flake Wilbanks; his parents, Emert Horace Wilbanks and Bessie Marie Barnes Wilbanks; his sister, Lila Fay Wilbanks; his sister-in-law, Judy Nelson Wilbanks; and his niece, Misty Dawn Hollis.
Pallbearers will be Billy Spencer, Jason Malone, Rocky Jimsen, Jerry Talley, Tommy Flake and Jimmy Tate Waldon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Thomas and Lloyd Mullins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Magnolia Funeral Home for funeral expenses.
To send condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
CORINTH – James E. “Hambone” Williams died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center of Corinth after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.
STARKVILLE – Charlene McPhate Miller, 78, of Starkville, died April 2, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m.Tuesday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Curtis Chapel Cemetery. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online guest registry and condolences can be accessed at www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
TUPELO – Jimmy D. Petrie, 70, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
WALNUT – Edgar Murphy Bennett, 78, died March 31, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Onay Beard, 100, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at her home. 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.