Obituaries December 28, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Jane James
OXFORD – Mary Jane James, 60, a retired first-grade teacher at Gateway Christian Academy in Pascagoula, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at her home in Oxford. A former resident of Moss Point, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Moss Point where she taught Sunday school, was an active member of her Sunday school class and taught Vacation Bible School. She also played the saxophone and hand bells in the church choir. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teaching society and a volunteer for Camp Bluebird for cancer awareness.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband, Danny R. James of Oxford; two daughters, Jillian James Foster of Oxford and Lyla Brooke Sward of Vancleave; and one grandchild, Autry Ford Foster.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Gateway Christian Academy, 1704 Belair St., Pascagoula, MS 39567.
To send an online condolence please visit our website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Mertie Quay Martin
TISHOMINGO – Mertie Quay Martin, 85, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her residence. She was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Tishomingo County. She attended Carters Branch Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Thomas Holliday officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Survivors include one sister, Adell Powell of Flint, Mich.; five nieces, Anna Southward – her caregiver (Jeff Rogers), Marie Shumpert and Virginia Holliday, all of Tishomingo, Gloria Southward of Iuka and Wanda Sue Martin of Red Bay; six nephews, Terry Powell and Michael Odell Martin, both of Flint, Mich., Lionel Powell of Chicago, Leroy Burgess and Tommy Burgess, both of Cincinnati, Ohio and Wallace Burgess of Georgia; three great-nieces, Cherri Cox, Jasmine Holliday and Aundrea Brice; nine great-nephews, Myles Cox, Phillip Powell, Stephen Powell, Aaron Powell, Jamie Martin, Martin Southward, Jonathan Southward, Chris Shumpert and Brandon Holliday; and four sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Southward and Allean Martin, both of Tishomingo, Azzie Lee Martin of Red Bay and Shirley Martin, of Flint, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Bruce Martin.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Rogers, Johnnie Southward, Martin Southward, Terry Powell, Aaron Powell and Phillip Powell.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, and until service time on Thursday.
Christine Forrester
PRAIRIE – Ruth Christine Smitherman Forrester, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Nov. 4, 1950, to Prentiss Grady Smitherman and Bertie Mae Barnes Smitherman in Clay County. She was a lifelong resident of Clay County and graduated from West Point High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Mark Thornton, Lisa Henley and Lisa Weed officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, George Linroy Forrester of Prairie; two daughters, Kimberly Gale Kendricks (Raymond) of Cleveland, Tenn. and Amanda Lynn Tate of Prairie; a son, Christopher George Forrester (Jennifer Nicole) of Starkville; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smith and Margaret Guest, both of Prairie and Beatrice Nelson of Aberdeen; and eight grandchildren, Daria Bertie Bankston, Brittney Gale Kendricks, Miranda Justine Tate, Dustin Grady Tate, Heather Rae Kendricks, Faith Christina Sawtelle, Allie Nicole Forrester and Christopher Jacob Forrester.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Barry Smitherman, Billy Joe Smitherman, Lee Henley, Raymond Kendricks, Chris Bankston and Dustin Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Burch and Sam Burch.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Daniel Bynum Sr.
OXFORD – Daniel Edward Bynum Sr., 51, died Thursday, Dec, 23, 2010, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Home Care amp& Hospice, 126 Hwy. 51 N., Batesville, MS 38606.
Johnny Dwayne Earnest
CORINTH – Johnny Dwayne Earnest, 56, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at Mississippi Care Center.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grayson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Harris officiating.
John Larry Ivy Sr.
PASCAGOULA – John Larry Ivy Sr., 63, formerly of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his residence in Pascagoula. He was born in Bradley on Sept. 4, 1947, to Henry Alvin “Spike” Ivy and Louise Ellington Ivy.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville with Dr. Jackie Wofford officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Baptist Church Cemetery in Sturgis.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne Jordan Ivy of Pascagoula; daughters, Kimberly Dianne Ivy (Clint) of Pascagoula and Tracie Leanette Ivy (Larry) of Saltillo; son, John Larry Ivy Jr. (Amy) of Booneville; sisters, Nora Beauchamp of Moss Point, Berneice Nobles of New Albany, Doris Richey (Bobby) of Mooreville, Mary Cox (Bob) of New Albany, Evelyn Ivy (Phil) of Myrtle and Betty Hall (Wayne) of Ecru; brother, William “Billy” Ivy (Retha) of Wyatt; grandchildren, Desirae Ivy, Riley Ivy, Reed Ivy, Ramsey Ivy, Tyler Ivy, Kensey Hopkins, Cody Hopkins, Kyle Hopkins, Taylor Thomas, Tucker Thomas and Jordan Thomas; one great-grandson, John Tyler Ivy; sister-in-law, Charlotte Ivy; aunt, Vergie Ellington of Sturgis; numerous nieces and nephews; and several cousins from Oktibbeha County.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Alvin “Jimmy” Ivy.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Welch Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund in honor of his only great-grandson, John Tyler Ivy, First American Bank, 1102 Second St., Booneville, MS 38829.
Sign our guest register online at www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
Gage Presley
FULTON – Gage Earnest Presley, 12, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Itawamba County as the result of an automobile accident. He was born June 21, 1998. He was a 6th-grade student at Fairview Attendance Center. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and animals. He dearly loved his father and his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Michael “Elvis” Presley of Fulton; two sisters, Jessica Earnest and Candace Presley, both of Fulton; his grandparents, Marilyn Collier of Fulton, Jerry Presley of Booneville and Peggy Earnest of Fulton; his great-grandmother, Mary Presley of Golden; two special uncles, Jerrell Trimble of Hamilton and Jamie Collier (Resa) of Fulton; one aunt, Jennifer Saanz and husband, John of Fulton; and two cousins, LeeAnna Collier and Michael Collier.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Crystal Earnest Presley.
Honorary pallbearers will be his classmates.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Pete Walters
CORINTH – Pete Walters died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 until 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Bert Ray Wilson Sr.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Bert Ray Wilson Sr., 84, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at National Healthcare Center in Somerville. He was a native of Marshall County and a brother of Clyde Wilson of Potts Camp. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville.
Juanita Morgan
PITTSBORO – Juanita Morgan, 70, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Lexington. She was a homemaker, former store clerk and a member of Parker Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Paul Morris and Bro. Billy Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Parker Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include her husband, Leslie Morgan Jr. of Pittsboro; a son, Richard Duane Morgan (Karen) of Aurora, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Henry Hocutt and Rosa Ann Hocutt; and five brothers and six sisters, Sady Carter, Clara Weems, Clyde Lewis, Claude Hocutt, Murry Hocutt, Irene Cosby, Pauline Atkenson, Albert Hocutt, Bernice Wilson, Annie Jewel Butler, James Hocutt and Alford Hocutt.
Pallbearers will be Matt Bollinger, Eddie Bollinger, John Bollinger, Colby Bollinger, J.D. Long and Junior Sewell.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online guest registry can be accessed at ParkerMemorialFuneralHome.com.
Mary Linda Cook
HICKORY FLAT – Mary Linda Hudson Cook, 67, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born June 2, 1943, in Union County to Wilford Duncan Hudson and Marjorie Fowler Hudson. She was a former employee of Stratford Furniture and Benchcraft Manufacturing. She was an officer for Mississippi on Wheels Car Club and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 128. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Marty Merritt and the Rev. Gene Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Beulah Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Steven Ray Cook of Hickory Flat; two daughters Cathy Moffitt (Jimmy Dale) of Blue Mountain and Angie Meeks (David) of Hickory Flat; a son, Steven Cody Cook of Senatobia; three sisters Johnnie Sue Davis, Patsy Dunahue and Darlene Thomas, all of Myrtle; four brothers, the Rev. Gene Hudson of Myrtle, Travis Hudson of New Albany, Don Hudson of Myrtle and Kenneth Hudson of Indianola; and four grandchildren, Leanna Moffitt, Jon Dallas Moffitt, Anna Meeks and Peyton Meeks.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Captola Davis and Willie Mae Allred; and two brothers, Danny Hudson and Carl Hudson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Service. The body will lie in state at Beulah Baptist Church from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Brenda McKinney
RED BAY, Ala. – Brenda McKinney, 64, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Joe Lewis Jones
TUPELO – Joe Lewis Jones died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Robert Raper Guyton
GUNTOWN – Pastor Robert Jonathan Raper Guyton died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was a member of Bethel C.M.E. Church. He received his early education in Guntown at Guntown Colored High School. He was a 1960 graduate of George Washington Carver High School and received a degree in social studies from Alcorn State University in 1964. He was called to the ministry in 1966, was ordained and pastored churches in Iuka, Booneville and Rossville, Tenn. A retired pastor, he served 26 years at Stinson C.M.E. Church in Rossville, Tenn. He also served the community by driving a number of years for Medicaid and taking various ones to special family events in other cities and states. He was devoted to God and the word of God.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Belth C.M.E. Church in Guntown with Pastor Charles McGuaghy and Elder Leo Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, John and Charles of Guntown, Prentiss (Ellen) of Pickens; two sisters, Betty and Annette of Guntown; one aunt, Camilla Kennedy of New Albany; one niece, Michelle (Joseph) Jefferson and their three children of Houston, Texas; and two nephews, Daniel and Kenneth Guyton of Pickens.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Albert Raper; stepfather, Birt Guyton; and his mother, Flora Dell Guyton.
Visitation will be 2 until 6 p.m. today at J.W. Porter Chapel and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Morris Agnew
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 Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he was the oldest member and an active ruling Elder.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today 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, Robert McCoy and Mark Guin.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church or Sanctuary Hospice House.
Donald Ray Pittman
EUPORA – Donald Ray “Duck” Pittman, 50, tax consultant, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Martha Jo Owen
PONTOTOC – Martha Jo Owen, 66, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. She was a retired home health aid and a member of Algoma Baptist Church. She loved camping and spending time with her family, especially going to ballgames.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in Jernigan Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Owen; her children, Mike Paden (Camilla), David Owen (Melanie), Brad Owen (Angie), Brandy Doss (Jeremy); her grandchildren, Cathy Jo Gray (Joel), Randi Crook (Alex), Michael Paden Jr., Gage Paden, Olivia Owen, Stewart Owen, Bradley Owen, Emaley Owen, Jolee Doss, Madison Doss and Eden Doss; great-grandchildren, Jude Gray, Abbigail Crook and Sadie Crook; her siblings, Larry Ferguson (Cathie), Brenda Villarreal (Soapy), Regina Morgan (David), Pam Morris (Leon), Nancy Bray (Aaron), Judy Alexandria (Jackie), Cynthia Owen (Billy), Danny Joe Chapman and Rena Brown (Tim); numerous nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Elaine Jones (Jessie).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby Chapman and B.C. Ferguson; her grandparents, Nancy and Clelon Walls; and a brother, Tony Chapman Jr.
Pallbearers will be Danny Joe Chapman, Mike Paden, Michael Paden, Larry Ferguson Jr., Chad Mills and Anthony Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be her brothers-in-law.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the service hour today.
Ernestine ‘Teen’ Bullard
IUKA – Ernestine “Teen” Bullard, 91, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Carolyn Page, 21 CR 958, Tishomingo, MS 38873-8725.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Burkhalter Glidewell
CORINTH – Evelyn Burkhalter Glidewell died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m.Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carroll Talley officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 until 9 p.m. today and noon until service time Wednesday.
Frank Neal
WEST POINT – Frank Neal, 37, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Chickasaw County. Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.