Obituaries August 29, 2011

Kate Hathorn
OXFORD – Ida Katherine “Kate” Patterson Hathorn, 95, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at home in Oxford. She was a retired business manager and financial secretary of Oxford-University United Methodist Church. A member of the church since 1925, she was a Sunday School teacher for 16 years and a member of the administrative board for 22 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford with Rev. Warren Black and Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Genie Hathorn Henson and Lucy Hathorn Leslie of Oxford; one son, John F. Hathorn of Lafayette, La.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Hathorn.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th, Oxford, MS 38655; Camp Bratton Green of the Episcopal Diocese, 1530 Canton Way Rd, Canton, MS 39046; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

George W. Bell
GUNTOWN – George W. Bell, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a brief illness. He was born in Lee County on Oct. 6, 1925, to Willie Milton and Zelma McCarley Bell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the U.S.S. Raleigh. He was a member of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in the Blair community. He was an active and devoted member of the Mississippi Square amp& Round Dance Association for over 50 years. He was a member of the Cedar Hill RCDC and a former member of The Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club.
Services with military honors will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in the Blair community.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gloria Bell of Guntown; two daughters, Pat Henson (William) and Georgia Ann Bell, both of Guntown; two grandchildren, John Robert Henson (Kim K.) of Guntown and Kim Henson Edwards (Mike) of Belden; one sister, Mauveline Estes of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Brenda Diane Bell; his sister, Pauline Kitchens, and her husband, John; and his brother-in-law, Ray Estes.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Mississippi Square amp& Round Dance Association.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Home Hospice, 5159 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Visitation will be 4:30 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

James Pargo
ABERDEEN – James Pargo, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Community Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Billy Ray McCreary
CORINTH – Billy Ray McCreary, 79, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Mary Renick
HICKORY FLAT – Mary Maggie Renick, 104, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 24, 1907, in Ashland to Amos and Molly Nelson Moody. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church for 88 years. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Ashland with Bro. Michael Baker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Delma Renick (Margie) of Tupelo and Roger Renick of Hickory Flat; two daughters, Grace Douglas of Del City, Okla., and Wanda Deloach of Oxford; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Renick; her parents; a son, Everette Renick; and a granddaughter, Debbie Scott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Ronnie Brown
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – Rodney Earl “Ronnie” Brown, 63, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Memphis. He was born Sept. 9, 1947, in Tupelo. He was a retired truck stop manager.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church in West Memphis, Ark. Bro. Eugene Ray, Bro. David Young and Bro. C.L. Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, Ark. Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Andria “Dee Dee” Hodge (Victor) and Kate Elizabeth Brown, all of West Memphis, and Angela Rena Yant of Aberdeen; one son, Jeremy Brown of West Memphis; four sisters, Dorothy Faye Robinson of Jonesboro, Ark., Shirley Jean Morris of Gilmore, Ark., Joyce Patsy Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Linda Gail Cox of West Memphis; one brother, Donald Wayne ‘Bo” Brown of Heth, Ark.; one grandson, Chase Dalton Yant of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lisa Brown; his parents, Melvin and Ruby West Brown; and a brother, Dwight Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Grace Baptist Church in West Memphis, Ark.

Earnestine Moorman
PONTOTOC – Earnestine Moorman, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was a loyal member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A resident of Church Street Personal Care home for 1 1/2 years, she enjoyed playing bingo and socializing with the staff and residents.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Yates (Floyd); 10 grandchildren, Terry Rackley (Denise), Christy Payne (Andy), Kevin Rackley (Misty), Lance Sewell (Jodi), Nicole Hastings, Dustin Waldron (Maureen), Ryan Moorman, Beth Lowery (Charlie), Jordan Yates and Cady Hester; 10 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Allie, Drew, Kylie, Micah, Evie, Isaac, Blake, Blase and Ashton; and three sons-in-law, Thomas Dearman, Cecil Hester and Charles Waldron.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.O. Moorman; three daughters, Betty Lynn Sewell, Cyndia Dearman and Amy Hester; one son, Barry Moorman; and one grandson, Jeff Rackley.
Pallbearers will be Terry Rackley, Kevin Rackley, Lance Sewell, Ryan Moorman, Jordan Yates and Andy Payne.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Rackley, Drew Payne, Micah Rackley and Isaac Sewell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Pontotoc.

Faye M. Cantrell
AMORY – Faye M. Cantrell, 62, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memorials and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Michael Wright
CALEDONIA – Michael Wayne Wright, 59, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Joel Davis
SMITHVILLE – Joel Davis, 70, died on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 1, 1940, in the Turon community of Itawamba County, he was a son of Katherine Griffin Davis and the late Wilbur Andrew Davis.
He was a graduate of Smithville High School Class of 1959; of Itawamba Junior College Class of 1961; and Mississippi State University Class of 1963. He received sasters’ degrees from Mississippi State University in Guidance and Administration in 1966, and in Physics and Chemistry in 1969. He taught in Cobb County, Ga., (1963-64), Amory City Schools (1964-1970), and Monroe County Schools (1970-1994). After retiring in 1994, he taught physics and chemistry part-time at Smithville until 2005.
A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, Mr. Davis was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church, where he had served as a Sunday school teacher and on many different committees. He was a member of the Men’s Club and the Mayflower Group. His life was guided by his faith in God, his family whom he adored, Mississippi State, and all of his students. A loving husband and father, he cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandson. Enjoying all things MSU, he was an avid sports fan and a member of the Bulldog Club, the Dugout Club, the MSU Foundation and the Alumni Club. He was passionate about his church, helping others, and reading.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Kathleen Steele Davis of Smithville; daughters, Jennifer Davis Smith (Donnie) of Vicksburg and Elizabeth Davis Simpson (Jason) of Drummonds, Tenn.; his mother, Katherine Davis of Amory; brothers, Jerry Davis (Sherry) of Columbus and Harry B. Davis of Hamilton; grandson, Connor Davis Smith of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Marie Steele.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Coggins and Bro. Sammy Washburn officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden.
Pallbearers will be Tom Carroll, Joel Washburn, Drew Summerford, Mark Morrow, Tim Coker, Phil Prewitt, Scott Morgan and Stephen Hathcock. Honorary pallbearers will be all former students and his church family.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memorials may be given to Smithville United Methodist Church, c/o Caroline Barnes, 60027 Gap Rd., Smithville, MS 38870 or to Mississippi State University.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Debra Ann Fowler
SALTILLO – Debra Ann Fowler, 50, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at her residence. A native of Scottsburg, Ind., she was born May 7, 1961, to Archie and Marjorie Ross. She loved riding motorcycles, fishing and the outdoors.
The family will arrange services at a later date. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the local arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, David E. Fowler of Saltillo; two daughters, Krystal Michelle Buragge (Jamie) of Tupelo and Stormy Sunday Fowler of Calhoun, Ga.; four grandchildren, Trinity Fowler, Tabatha Buragge, Alexis Danielle Buragge and Damien Lucas Castle; two sisters, Linda Swank (Tom) of Seamore, Ind., and Judy Blackwell (Jim) of Bedford, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Bro. Wayne Ross.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

James Leatherwood
RIENZI – James R. Leatherwood, 80, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Mr. Leatherwood was a native of Alcorn County and a retired rural carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he was a past Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator and District Deputy. Active in the community, he was an avid golfer, scoring a hole in one at the Pickwick Golf Course. He also taught golf etiquette at Shiloh Ridge Golf Course. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at the St. James Catholic Church. Burial with military honors will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Leatherwood of Rienzi; three sons, James amp”Larryamp” Leatherwood (Barbara) of Prospect, Tenn., Mike Leatherwood and Daniel Leatherwood of Rienzi; two brothers, Marcus Leatherwood and Richard Leatherwood of Corinth; a sister, Mary Alice Nash of Nashville, Ark.; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mattie Leatherwood, and his first wife and mother of his children, Stella Leatherwood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a Rosary and Scripture service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Father Richard Smith will officiate.
Condolences may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Charles Noe
MYRTLE – Charles Alvis Noe, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 26, 1929, in Hernando to Willie and Helen Starr Noe. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. He was retired from General Motors with 30 years of service. He was a loving and caring husband and father.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Hickory Flat with Rev. Bill Dowdy officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred Davis “Millie” Noe; two daughters, Helen Russo (Frank) and Sue Jensen (Milt); six sons, Dewey Noe (Fran), Charles Noe (Honey), Thomas Noe, Terry Noe (Debbie), William Noe (Michele) and Robert Noe (Jane); 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Larry G. Noe; two brothers, Joe Noe and Willie Noe; and two sisters, Ann Davis and Helen Noe.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.
The family requests memorials be made to Faith Baptist Church of Hickory Flat.
For on line condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

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