By NEMS Daily Journal
Sidney Gay Ash Pipkin was born March 23, 1921, in Marshall County to James Guy Ash and Birdie Simmons Ash. She departed this life on Dec. 25, 2010, at the age of 89 years, nine months and two days.
She married Jimmy Lee Pipkin on Sept. 12, 1936. To this union, five children, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren were born. Her husband, J.L. Pipkin was called into the ministry in 1945, and he was ordained as a licensed minister with the Church of The Lord Jesus Christ in June, 1946. This husband and wife team established and helped establish several churches in the North Mississippi area. They founded Blue Mountain Church of The Lord Jesus Christ in Nov, 1948. She was a faithful member of the assembly at the time of her death.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Pipkin and wife, Virginia of Hickory Flat; and two daughters, Carolyn Schmidt and husband, Al of Olive Branch and Volene Taylor of Blue Mountain; one sister, Christine Hatchett and husband, Hugh of Waterford.
She is also survived by half siblings, Gene Ash, Ricky Ash, Lonnie Ash, Henry Ash, Danny Ash, Jackie Ash, Mike Ash, Bonnie Ash and Sue Bolden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Shelia Bingham and Marilyn Pulse; and two grandsons, Lee Bingham and Jon Bingham.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Stanley Fesmire, Irene Lawrence, Charlene McGill; four brothers, Wilifred Ash, James Guy Ash Jr., Russell Ash and Charles Ash; and a host of other precious relatives.
Sis. Pipkin, as most everyone fondly referred to her, was the ideal pastor’s wife. She always worked “behind the scenes” to assure everything was running smoothly…she was never one to seek recognition. Not only was she loved by her church family, she also touched the lives of most everyone in the community in so many ways.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Blue Mountain Church of The Lord Jesus Christ with Bro. Joe McKnight, Bro. Carl Lawson, Bro. Don Johnson and Bro. Steve Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
TUPELO – Joe Westmoreland, 74, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at his home in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born March 10, 1936, in Pontotoc to Joe and Lorene Westmoreland. Earlier in his life, he was an instructor in refrigeration at Itawamba Junior College and had also worked a number of years as service manager with Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. in Tupelo. He was a remote control enthusiast. He loved flying his Cesna 172 airplane and spending time with his family. He and his wife enjoyed sqaure dancing, ballroom dancing and round dancing. He was owner of Westlareland Glass Company and a member of Priceville Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Robbie Howard officiating. A private graveside service will be in Union Cemetery, South of Plantersville.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Jo Westmoreland of Tupelo; two sons, Kenneth Westmoreland of Plantersville and Eric “Echo” Westmoreland and wife, Dale of Burnsville; a daughter, Denise Du Bois and husband, Paul of Tupelo; and a daughter-in-law, Pam Westmoreland of Pascagoula; a sister, Mae Johnson and husband, Douglas of Mt. Dora, Fla.; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Marcus Westmoreland, Carrie Fouthman and husband, Bryan, Kayla Haley and husband, Johnathan, Candy and Melanie Westmoreland, Cory Du Bois and wife, Jenny, Elizabeth and Megan Du Bois, Sean Westmoreland and wife, Crystal and Chad Westmoreland and wife, Jill; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Priceville Baptist Church Building Fund, 713 N. Feemster Lake Rd, Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Gracie “Sissy” Beatrice Felkins Blakeney, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 19, 1927, in the Old Union Community to Walter Benson and David Ella Waycaster Felkins. She worked for many years at National Trust Life Insurance Company in Memphis. She and her husband, Buster, retired in Pickwick until his death. She enjoyed gardening, mowing her yard, drinking coffee at Griggs Grocery and Nonie’s Truck Stop and visiting her friends at the Renasant Bank in Shannon. She loved taking care and spending time with her dog, Tadpole.
Private family services are scheduled for a later date. Mrs. Blakeney and her husband’s final wishes were to be returned to the Tennessee River, a special place where they loved to spend time together. Lee Memorial Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Martha Carnathan of Nettleton; her brother, Sonny Felkins (Marilyn) of Atlanta, Texas; a special nephew and her caretaker, Buddy and his wife, Cindy Jones of Shannon; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews, who loved her very much.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Oliver Lee “Buster” Blakeney; two sisters, Ruth Jones and Ruby Colbert; a niece, Sonya Felkins; a great-nephew, Michael Ray Carnathan; and her parents.
Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 21 Shannon, MS 38868.
MANTACHIE – Herbert J. Smith, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. A native of Farmington, Iowa, Mr. Smith had lived in Amory from 1990 until moving to Mantachie in 2002. He was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed traveling. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A funeral service will be held later in the week at Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, Mo. Local arrangements for the Smith family are in the care of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
He is survived by two stepsons, Thomas (Hattie Mae) Rossi of Amory and Roger L. (Deloris) Rossi of Arizona; a sister; two brothers; 11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arveda Febea Forquer Smith on Sept. 25, 2003.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Robert Simpson died Dec. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
BYHALIA – Rena Pitts Brooks, 77, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Byhalia. Mrs. Brooks was a graduate of Adamsville High School. She was a lifelong Christian, being baptized in the Milledgeville Methodist Church and attending the Rugby Hills Baptist Church while living in Memphis. She was a generous supporter of many Christian organizations. She loved reading her Bible daily and sharing her testimony with others.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer. Burial will be in Milledgeville Cemetery. Shackleford Funeral Directors of Selmer is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Ferrell (Ray) of Memphis, Tammy McCallum (John) of Saltillo and Allison Turner (David) of Byhalia; a son Brady Brooks of Bartlett, Tenn.; a former daughter-in-law, Sherri Brooks; eight grandchildren, Brooke Ferrell, Bret Ferrell (Lindsey), Christopher Cooper, Ashley (Cooper) Smith, Brandon Turner (Bonnie), Brittany Brooks, Dalton Turner and Brady Brooks; two great-grandchildren, Reagan Smith and Colt Parker Turner; a sister, Gerri Seaton (Bill) of Adamsville, Tenn.; three brothers, Bobby Pitts (Anna Lou) and Steve Pitts (Barbara), both of Adamsville, Tenn. and Bill Pitts (Gisela) of Littleton, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Parker Brooks; her parents, Herschel and Roxie Ellis Pitts; a grandson, Jeremy Cooper; and five sisters, Louise Pitts, Mable Mabry, Lucille Hanna, Kate Phillips and Betty Jean Pitts.
Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mary Lou Smith
FULTON – Mary Lou Smith, 90, died Dec. 25, 2010. She was born May 3, 1920. She leaves behind her husband of 67 years, Hilton Caydo Smith. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She loved gardening and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Grover Laird and Bro. Gary Smith officiating. Burial will be in East Fulton Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Caydo Smith; one son, M.C. Smith (Kathy) of Fulton; one daughter, Charlotte Kent (Tony) of Madison; two brothers, Joe Hardin (Lynn) of Fulton and James “Tom” Hardin (Faye) of Tupelo; three sisters, Betty Guntharp (Irvin) of Mooreville, Jean McDonald (James) of Fulton and Jane Hargett of Fulton; three grandchildren, Ginger and Charlie Kent and Neal Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Hardin; three sisters, Mildred Hardin, Hazel Summerford and Sara Barrett; and a set of twins, Willard and Wilma Hardin.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Alma Lorene Jarrett Sides, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born April 25, 1932, in Union County to J.T. Jarrett and Ruby Bingham. She was a retired employee with Gilbert’s Home Health. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jarrett Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Julia Dye (Chris) of Hickory Flat; two sons, Kenneth Sides (Janet) of Myrtle and Bill Embry of Florida; a foster son, Jimmy Woodson of Idaho; two sisters, Onita Jameson (Tommy) of Slayden and Tawanda Thompson (Charles) of Memphis; a brother, Bill Bingham (Evelyn) of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Patricia Bing (Steve Murphy), Diane Sides (Jason Garrett), Tori Leopard (Klint), Jacob Williams (Crystal), Ivy Dye, Eden Dye, Rose Dye and Elliot Embry; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, JoAnne Bingham; and a special friend, James Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Calvin Sides; a daughter, Tammy Sides Briscoe; a son, Ronnie Sides; and a brother, Steve Bingham.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Williams, Bill Smith, Hugh Jones, David Bingham, Chuck Hill and Tony Ivy.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
VARDAMAN – Howard Wilson Morgan, 71, died Dec. 24, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Calhoun County. He was Calhoun County District Five Supervisor for over 27 years. He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, a member of the Community Board of Directors with Bancorp South Vardaman Branch, a member of the Mississippi State Supervisors Assn. and a member of the Three Rivers Planning and Development. He was an avid deer hunter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Vardaman High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating and the Rev. Jeff Harmon and the Rev. Jimmy Vance assisting. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Barton Morgan of Vardaman; two daughters, Melissa Edmondson (Joe) of Vardaman and Millette Nabors (Lee) of Houston; one son, Tony Morgan of Vardaman; four sisters, Evelyn Moore of Houston, Naomi Kelley of Derma, Rebecca Baker of Ripley and Cecile Barnett of Tupelo; one brother, Raymond H. Morgan of Vardaman; 10 grandchildren, Brandi Parker (Shawn), Trent Edmondson, Cody Edmondson (Lindsey), Deidra Thrasher (Steven), T.J. Morgan, Brennan Pugh, Grady Nabors, Harley Nabors, Greer Nabors and Tucker Nabors; four great-grandchildren, Ethan Parker, Grant Parker, Lizzie Edmondson and Hardin Thrasher; and a special sister-in-law, LaQuita Stewart of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Howard and Wilma Althea Lantrip Morgan; and a son, Howard Kevin Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Larry Bailey, Calvin Crutchfield, Earnest Fox, Duste Gore, Jason Gore, Billy James, Gwen Longest, Chad Lucius, Chris Lucius, Jimmy Moore, J.B. Rogers, Barney Wade and W.P. Wright.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
EUPORA – Frances Thompson Brooks, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Desoto Health Care in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Blythe Creek Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home Chapel of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
PASCAGOULA – John Ivy, 63, of Pascagoula, originally of Starkville, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch Funeral Home of Starkville.
ASHLAND – Eddy Franklin Davis, 52, died Dec. 24, 2010, in Ashland. He was born Jan. 2, 1958, in Covington, La. to Ivy Melvin and Doris Herrington Davis. He was a Christian and communication tech.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Pastor Raymond Aven officiating. Burial will be in 3 keys Cemetery in Sardis. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Joan Moree of Columbia; three brothers, Jimmy Davis of Sumrall, David Davis of Adamsville and Ivy Davis of Purvis; five sisters, Misty Luna of Sardis, Pam Murphree of San Antonio, Texas, Charlene Middleton of Laurel, Melissa Kirkley of Sumrall and Donna Broome of Alberquerque, N.M.; two grandchildren; and his beloved music partner, Steve Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GUNTOWN – Morris E. Agnew 98, died Dec. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born June 22, 1912, to J. Bonds and Bessie Lee Epting Agnew. He was a retired dairy farmer. He was known for his advanced farming methods. He was very active in the Cedar Hill Community for many years. He was a lifelong member of Bethany Associate Reform Presbyterian Church, where he was the oldest member and an active ruling Elder.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stephen Roberts and Bro. Dale Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Lillian Roberts of Guntown; one grandson, Tim Roberts (Beverly) of Guntown; great-grandchildren, Stephen Roberts (Shana) and Blair Guin (Mark); and great-great-grandchildren, Jude Roberts, Marlee Guin and Sam Allen Guin.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Lucille Agnew; his brothers, Charles Agnew, Bonds Lee Agnew and Luther Agnew; and his sister, Mary Agnew Rowan.
Pallbearers will be Ray Gibson, Charles Ray Gibson, B.J. Bryson, David Frazier and Robert McCoy.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
TISHOMINGO – Mertie Quay Martin, 85, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
PRAIRIE – Christine Forrester, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS – Eliza Mildred Robinson Hall, 93, formerly of Red Banks, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasent Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden in Red Banks. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
The remains will lie in repose at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. today and at the church from noon until 12:55 p.m. Tuesday. There will be no viewing following the eulogy.
CORINTH – Evelyn Glidewell died Dec. 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.