Obituaries Dec. 12, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

John Hester
OXFORD – John Philip Hester, 37, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Oxford Conference Center, 107 Ed Perry Blvd., in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Endowment Fund for Andrew David Hester and Emily Amanda Hester, Regions Bank, 158 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655.
Myron Wingo
BELMONT – Myron Dale Wingo went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. He was born Dec. 5, 1962 in Iuka to Alfred and Lorene Brumley Wingo who preceded him in death. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Wingo of Belmont; two sons, Michael Rees and Jonathan Wingo, both of Belmont; his brother, Wayne Wingo and wife, Brenda of Iuka; two nephews, Scotty Wingo and Ronald Wingo, both of Iuka; and his mother-in-law, Peggy Hall of Belmont.
Pallbearers will be Kane Harris, Jeff Mahan, Rocky Hughes, Mike Bonds, Jackie Hastings and Shannon Battles.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Golden Central Baptist Church and until service time Monday.
Martha Williams
ABERDEEN – Martha B. Williams, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born July 2, 1934, to Shelton Brand and Mildred Goodwin Brand in Parchman. She lived most of her life in Monroe County. She graduated from Houston High School and Draughn’s Business College. She was a self-employed therapist. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She was a charter member of Aberdeen Jr. Women’s League.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Sylvia Czarnetzky officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Charles Raymond “Bill” Williams Jr., and his wife, Alicia, of Orange Park, Fla.; one sister, Peggy Davis and husband Grady of West Point; one brother, Bert Brand, and his wife, Martha Jo, of West Point; one sister-in-law, Neta D. Brand of Houston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Bird” Williams Sr.; and one brother, John Shelton Brand Sr.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Victoria Williams
TUPELO – Victoria Williams died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at her home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Winford Murphy
WALNUT – Winford Eugene Murphy, 75, died Dec. 10, 2010, at his home in Walnut. He was born to Thadeus Clarence and Brannie Lucille Greggs Murphy on July 10, 1935, in Drummonds, Tenn. He was a retired contractor and construction worker for Cordova Floors. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was especially fond of his boxer bulldog, Bull.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Jay Houston officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Fullilove Murphy of Walnut; four daughters, Patricia Wilbanks (Jimmy Ramer) of Ocean Springs, Phyllis Oaks (Billy) of Walnut, Nancy Jean Murphy of Memphis and Cindy Gross of Dumas; one son, Rocky Murphy of Olive Branch; one sister, Carolyn Houston of Walnut; eight grandchildren, Christina Martini of Ripley, Chad Wilbanks (Mary) of Fulton, Billie Jean Oaks, Samson Blade Oaks, both of Walnut, John Curtis Martini of Florence, Ala., Destiny Gross of Dumas, Wade Murphy of New York and Morgan Murphy of Memphis; and two great-grandchildren, Caden Wilbanks and Issac Martini.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Willie Murphy and Peggy Murphy; and four brothers, J.C., Junior, Tommy and John Howard Murphy.
Pallbearers will be Billy Oaks, Jimmy Ramer, Chad Wilbanks, Alton Sides, Gene Spencer and J.W. Dollar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Monday at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Frances Easley
OKOLONA – Frances Garner Easley, 76, a retired proof machine operator at the Bank of Okolona, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Mrs. Easley is the widow of Mr. Joe A. Easley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son and his wife, Mike and Becky Easley of Shannon; her grandchildren, Amy Haygood and her husband, Jonathan of Saltillo, John Easley and his wife, Loree of Bartlett, Tenn., and Christy Easley of Shannon; and a great-grandson, John David Hagood.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Lewis, J.C. Earnest, George Easley, Robert Garner and Charles King.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the church.
Friends and family may leave a message at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Betty Shepherd Hayes
TUPELO – Betty Shepherd Hayes, 79, of Tupelo, departed to eternal glory on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. She was born Dec. 2, 1931, to the late Buron Thomas Shepherd and Eufaula Hinson Ross in Tunica.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Jonestown Cemetery in Jonestown. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her three children, Scott Hayes and wife, Ann of LaPlace, L.A.; Beverly Brame of Tupelo; and Steve Hayes and wife, Sharon of Brandon; two sisters, Marsha Gilbert and Glynda Ashmore; one brother, Rodney Shepherd, all of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Greg Birdsong of Clarksdale, Preston Hayes of LaPlace, L.A., Jessica Graves of Saltillo, Jason Hayes of LaPlace, L.A., Lauren O’Dell of Tupelo and Sarah Peyton Hayes and Savannah Hayes, both of Brandon; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald Shepherd and Mike Shepherd; and three sisters, Martha Ann Ross, Jimmy Nell Shepherd and Patricia Balducci.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Spigner
OZARK – Sarah Ellen Spigner, 79, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 20, 1931, to Earl and Rada Beene Grissom. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and playing the piano. She was a member of Ozark Methodist Church, where she played the piano for several years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Billy Adams officiating. Burial will be in Ozark cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Christi Stephens; one granddaughter, Sara Funderburk; one grandson, Chris Stephens, all of Ozark; one sister, Myra Frances Crumpton of Dorsey; one brother, Carl “Skeet” Grissom of Fulton; a special friend and sister-n-law, Joyce Mathis of Ozark; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C. Spigner; four brothers, John Grissom, Floyd Grissom, Robert Grissom and Paul Grissom; two sisters, Maurine Williams and Beatrice Dulaney; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Spigner, Philip Grissom, Stevie Lucas and Chris Stephens.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
H.H. Hatcher
PONTOTOC – H.H. “Peanut” Hatcher, 82, died Dec. 10, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1949. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed woodworking and storytelling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Creek. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Hatcher; three sons, Glenn (Miliana) Hatcher, Ricky Hatcher and Ronnie (Tammy) Hatcher; seven grandchildren, Michael Hatcher, Hannah Hatcher, Chris Ramsey, Mary Elizabeth Hatcher, Miranda Hatcher, Caroline Hatcher and Eli Hatcher; and three siblings, Kenneth Hatcher, Rudolph Hatcher and Betty Kane.
He was preceded in death by his father, C.W. Hatcher, and his mother, Mary Lou Hatcher.
Pallbearers will be Lee Hatcher, Scott Hatcher, Michael Hatcher, Rodney Akers, Grant Akers and Jeff Parmer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
Anita Petruccelli
TUPELO – Anita Leonardi Petruccelli, 90, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at her son’s residence in Tupelo after a brief illness. Mrs. Petruccelli was born Nov. 26, l920, in Newark, N.J., to Oberdon and Grace Volpe Leonardi. She lived in New Jersey all her life until 2003, when she moved to Tupelo to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Ann Petruccelli. Mrs. Petruccelli was a devout Catholic and was active in the St. Raphael Parish in New Jersey for over 50 years. Locally, she attended St. James Catholic Church. Mrs. Petruccelli worked in the electronics industry most of her working life retiring from Cooper Industries in New Jersey. She was an avid reader, but her great passion in life was an unconditional devotion to her family.
A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Father Tom Lalor officiating. A graveside service will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Livingston, N.J. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Guy Petruccelli and wife, Ann, of Tupelo and Dennis Petruccelli and his wife, Christine, of Estero, Fla.; her grandchildren, who affectionally called her Grandma, Christopher Petruccelli of Cape May, N.J., Shannon Petruccelli of Ortley Beach, N.J., Dennis Petruccelli Jr of Toms River, N.J., and Stephanie Petruccelli of Estero, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Guido Petruccelli in 1978; and three siblings.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Monday only.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Mae Weeks
PONTOTOC – Mae Etta Weeks, 87, died Dec. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was blessed with many friends. She loved to make people laugh.
Services will be at noon Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Mitchell Tatum officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Sherry DeFoor (Mike), Janice Whitworth and Katie Barnett (Jesse); four grandchildren, Ronnie Pennington, Cindi Handley (Brad), Shawna Tutor (Matt) and Sheena Barnett; one granddaughter-in-law, Tammy Pennington; six great-grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Sha Miller.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Randy Pennington; and her parents, Autry Mae Capwell and William Stepp.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pennington, Jesse Barnett, Mike DeFoor, Matt Tutor, Brad Handley and Roddy Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers are Pontotoc Police Chief, Larry Poole and Chickasaw County Sheriff, Jimmy Simmons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until noon Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Guy Gravlee Jr.
TUPELO – Guy Gravlee Jr., retired U.S. Army brigadier general, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Robbie Vinson
AMORY – Robbie L. Vinson, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. 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. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Joseph Nissen
OXFORD – Joseph Edwin Nissen, 67, retired director of facilities at New York University, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Nissen was the longtime facilities manager at the Central Park Zoo in New York. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was co-founder of the Lafayette Republican Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Burial will follow in Springdale Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bunny Nissen of Oxford; three daughters, Wendy Nissen of Las Vegas and Jennifer Nissen and Victoria Nissen, both of New York; and two sisters, June Loughlin and Linda Nissen, both of New York.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church. A Rosary service will follow at 6:30 p.m.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mr. Nissen’s memory be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 416 South 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Nissen’s service to our country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown over Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
Online condolences may be made at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Altie Smith
FULTON – Altie B. Smith, 90, died Dec. 11, 2010, at Meadows Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 11, 1920, in Itawamba County to Oad and Siller Elrod Kent. She was a retired homemaker and a member of a non-denominational church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening. Most of all, she loved cooking and gathering her family together.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Byron James officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Beyer (Don) of Fulton and Nellie Hendrix (Jack) of Mantachie; two sons, Willie Ray Smith(Haidee) of Green Oaks, Ill., Al Smith (Karen) of Fulton; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Icy Rogers (Marvin) of Tremont, Dorothy Pardue and Syble Williams of Belmont.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Willie C. Smith, who died October 1999; her parents; and three brothers, Orville, Vardaman and Oddie Kent.
Pallbearers will be Joey Pongetti, Richard Beyer, Shelly Stanton, Josh Beyer, Cody Smith and Dillon Smith
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.