Obituaries April 5, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Frances Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Frances M. Johnson, 90, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Tishomingo County to Horace Homer and Nannie Mae Culp Hill. She was a retired factory worker and hospital worker. She was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church and a Missionary Baptist. She was a past member of East Prentiss Baptist Church and South Prentiss Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, lawn work, fishing, sewing and needle work. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her constant concern was the health and welfare of her family.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Siloam United Methodist Church with Bro. Jimmy Glover and Bro. Steve Powell officiating. Burial was in the Siloam Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
She is survived by two sons, Joe Vernon (Joyce) Johnson of New Site and John Allen (Barbara) Johnson of Booneville; two sisters, Ruby Jury of New Site and Marie Downs of Booneville; five grandchildren, Melanie (Emil) Kabban, Valerie (Jimmy) Arnold, Jason (Jacinda) Johnson, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Johnson and Blakeley Johnson; and four great-grandchildren, Dara Kabban, Kaitlyn Kabban, Emily Kabban and Amber Riddle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Joseph Johnson; an infant daughter; and two brothers, Edward Hill and J.V. Hill.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Oria Mounts
OXFORD – Oria Iona Carter Mounts, 84, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Graceland Care Center of Oxford. She was a retired caregiver. Born in Holland, Ky., she enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Illinois and enjoyed supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Billy Graham Ministries.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Chambers of Dandridge, Tenn.; a son, Larry Mounts of Abbeville; one brother, Sylvanis Carter of Illinois; four grandchildren, Tina Johnson of Abbeville, Perry Williams of Madison, Laurie Lackey of Oxford and Lacretia Williams of LaGrange, Ga.; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Mounts’ memory be made to the Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

William Heath Mars
BOONEVILLE – William Heath Mars, 41, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jumpertown.
Services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Chris Burrows officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Charley and Kyna McMillan; his grandmother, Louise Padgett; two daughters, Lisa Mars and Victoria Mars; one son, Lee Mars; two grandchildren, Chance Mars and Kaelyn Hancock, all of Booneville; special cousins and caregivers, Joey Harris and Suzie Wilbanks; and beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his beloved papa, William Earl Padgett of Booneville; grandparents, Terrell and Louise Mars of Corinth; and a special friend, Merle Jumper of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Betty Markiewitz
LAKE PIOMINGO – Betty Markiewitz died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
Barbara Roberts
NEW ALBANY – Barbara Ann Fooshee Roberts, 67, died Friday, April 2, 2010, in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was born Aug. 3, 1942, in New Albany to Talmadge Mayo Fooshee and Nona Browning Fooshee. She had been employed by the Tupelo Furniture Market for 20 years. She enjoyed doing things for her family. She loved her family and grandchildren. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with Bro. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery in New Albany. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Suvivors include her husband of nearly 50 years, Howard amp”Whiteyamp” Roberts of New Albany; two daughters, Dana Hall (Robby) and Jenny Robbins (Justin), all of New Albany; one son, Sam Roberts (Brooklyn) of New Albany; one sister, Brenda Williams (Larry) of Ingomar; and four grandchildren, Emily Hall, Lindsay Hall, Olivia Robbins and John Frank Robbins, all of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a nephew, Brian Williams.
Pallbearers will be Bill Young, Larry Treadaway, V.M. Cleveland, Ryland Sneed, Larry Williams, Jeff Williams, Shelby Lowery and Milton Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and elders of The New Albany Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
For online condolences, visit www.untiedfuneralservi.net.
Zelda Griffin
AMORY – Zelda Mae Griffin, 90, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory.
Louise McCoy
VERONA – Louise Hill McCoy, 92, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 24, 1918, to Burley and Martha Hill in Houlka. She was married to Eddie Lee McCoy. She was a member of New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be at noon today at New Salem M.B. Church with the Rev. Carl Shack officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mildred (Bobby) Bradley and Mary Alice White, both of Verona; two sons, Lonnie McCoy and Amos McCoy, both of Shannon; two sisters, Sallie Berry and Cindy Alexander, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 38 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at New Salem M.B. Church.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
William Wallace McMillan
ELKRIDGE, Md. – William Wallace McMillan, 46, departed this life on March 10, 2010. Wallace was a beloved husband, son, brother, friend, colleague and teacher. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Wallace was born on May 21, 1963, and moved to Tupelo in 1973. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1981. In 1985, he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in Memphis. In 1992, Wallace earned his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. While pursuing his graduate education, Wallace met the love of his life, his wife, Rae Force. They were best friends for 23 years.
Wallace had a lifelong interest in space. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. He channeled his passion and energies into the study of physics and planetary atmospheres, conducted research in atmospheric pollution and published many scientific papers in his areas of expertise. Wallace loved teaching, and he was admired by his many graduate and undergraduate students.
Wallace inherited a passion for trains and train travel from his father, Morton. Wallace enjoyed observing and photographing trains during his travels, and he was a master modeler and avid collector.
Wallace is survived by his wife; his mother, Mary Myers McMillan; brother, Tom, and sister-in-law, Nancy McMillan; brother, Andy McMillan and sister-in-law, Evonne Hedgepeth; a large and loving family; a university community; and all those who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to honor Wallace will be held at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, Md., on April 17, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home of Elkridge, Md. is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Scotland Church Building Fund, Old Scotland Church, c/o Carolyn McMillan, 315 Pecan Drive, Monroeville, AL 36460.
Raymer Wilson
IUKA – Raymer Wilson, 97, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joe Wiggs
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – Joe Edd Wiggs, 73, formerly of Greenville, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Delta Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Woodland to Wiley and Abbie Wiggs. He grew up in Woodland where he attended school and graduated Woodland High School on April 21, 1955. He moved to Greenville in 1960, and was the owner of Southern Bandsaw. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #206. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he liked serving with the children in the AWANA program. He also enjoyed entertaining the youth of his church at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Rip Noble and the Rev. Mark Rowlen officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Vardaman. Smith Funeral Home of Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Wiggs of Lake Village; his daughter, Carolyn Booker and her husband, Robert of Lake Village; two sons, David Wiggs of Greenville and Tony Wiggs and his wife, Tina of Greenville; six grandchildren, Chasity Sherwood, Misty (Greg) Morlino, Laura Jefcoat (Trey) Welch, Kristin Wiggs, John Michael Wiggs and Bo (Mandi) Wiggs; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Jean Riddell
CORINTH – Patricia Jean Rencher Riddell, 67, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
J.R. ‘Pop’ Ferguson
PLANTERSVILLE – Lacy Edward Ferguson Jr., 73, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was also known as J.R. and Pop. He was born on Aug. 4, l936, in South Norfolk, Va. to Lacy Edward Ferguson Sr. and Ruby Gaither Ferguson. He moved to the Lee County area in l978, from Danville, Va., living primarily in the Plantersville area. He was a self employed contractor and had worked all over the country. He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division. A practical jokester and avid storyteller, he loved his many children and grandchildren. He lived life his way. He enjoyed watching T.V., especially old movies and M.A.S.H.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will follow in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Lacy Edward Ferguson III (Kristine) of Memphis; James Jahns of Booneville and his adopted son, Scott Walls of Tupelo; 11 daughters, Elizabeth Ferguson of Owensboro, Ky., Brenda Griffin of Tupelo, Pamela McCay of Owensboro, Ky., Veronica Presley (John) of Tupelo, Irene Ferguson of Chicago, Debby Hunter of Owensboro, Ky., Marie Ferguson of South Norfolk, Va., Johnny Kay Ferguson of Verona, Barbara Ferguson of South Norfolk, Va., Parrish Price (Keith) of Verona and Tracy Byles (Larry) of Fort Jackson, S.C.; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Shellie Black of Dorsey.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Linda Ferguson on Feb. 21, 2005; a son, Johnny Sue Ferguson; and his siblings including his special baby brother, Jerry Wayne Ferguson in 2008.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Teague, Scott Walls, Keith Eddinger, Mike Wilson, Matt Carter and James Ross.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Bryan Sullivan
NETTLETON – Jimmy Bryan amp”Bubbaamp” Sullivan, 45, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at his home after a sudden illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery near Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Tuesday until service time on Wednesday.

Terry Cruise
OKOLONA – Terry Cruise, 68, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at his home after an extended illness.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Church of God of Prophecy. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Bethany Church of God of Prophecy on Hwy 32 west of Okolona.
Mack Pannell
MONROE, N.C. – Mack Pannell, 94, formerly of Tupelo, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center of Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe. He was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Tupelo, a son of Richard Samuel Pannell and Luella Cummings Pannell. He was a graduate of Verona High School, a member of the West Main Street Church of Christ and a former member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. He was a retired salesman for General Foods, now Kraft Foods, with many years of service. He also worked at Gunter’s Food Store in Tupelo. He and his wife, Esther moved to the Charlotte, North Carolina area approximately five years ago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Chesterville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Rogers Pannell of Weddington, N.C.; a daughter, Alice Pannell Roberts and husband, John Roberts of Weddington, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Jill Roberts Keane of Washington, D.C. and John Michael Roberts of Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael James Pannell in 1969; four brothers, Elliott Pannell, Gerald Pannell, R.L. Pannell and Lester Pannell; and two sisters, Laudie Mae Lauderdale and Martha Murphy.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfueralhome.com.

William Wallace McMillan
William Wallace McMillan, 46, departed this life on March 10, 2010. Wallace was a beloved husband, son, brother, friend, colleague and teacher. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Wallace was born on May 21, 1963, and moved to Tupelo in 1973. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1981. In 1985, he graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College in Memphis. In 1992, Wallace earned his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. While pursuing his graduate education, Wallace met the love of his life, his wife, Rae Force. They were best friends for 23 years.
Wallace had a lifelong interest in space. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. He channeled his passion and energies into the study of physics and planetary atmospheres, conducted research in atmospheric pollution and published many scientific papers in his areas of expertise. Wallace loved teaching, and he was admired by his many graduate and undergraduate students.
Wallace inherited a passion for trains and train travel from his father, Morton. Wallace enjoyed observing and photographing trains during his travels, and he was a master modeler and avid collector.
Wallace is survived by his wife; his mother, Mary Myers McMillan; brother, Tom, and sister-in-law, Nancy McMillan; brother. Andy McMillan. and sister-in-law. Evonne Hedgepeth; a large and loving family; a university community; and all those who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to honor Wallace will be held at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, Md., on April 17, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home of Elkridge, Md., is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Scotland Church Building Fund, Old Scotland Church, c/o Carolyn McMillan, 315 Pecan Drive, Monroeville, AL 36460.