Obituaries, February 13, 2006

Dr. George R. Lewis

EUPORA – Dr. George R. Lewis, 76, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at his home. He was born July 16, 1929, in Webster County to John Terry and Martha Shaffer Lewis, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Starkville. He was a member of the Starkville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, the Oktibbeha County Historical Society, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie Weddle officiating. The eulogy will be given by the Rev. James A. Lewis. Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery.

Dr. Lewis, Professor and Director of Library Services Emeritus at Mississippi State University, was a leader and a visionary of all libraries during his tenure as Director from 1963 until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the American Library Association and the Mississippi Library Association. He received the Peggy May Award, which is the highest award for services to libraries and librarianship. He was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Library Commission. He founded the University Libraries Directors Council, which he chaired for five years. During his tenure the collections in the library tripled in size. He was instrumental in the establishing and receiving of collections of U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis and U.S. Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery and laid the foundation for other prestigious and notable collections. He was a charter member of the Regional Computer Network which introduced services for the visually impaired and handicapped at Mississippi State. Dr. Lewis received his training in Library Science at Clarke Memorial College, Mississippi College, Louisiana State University and completed his PhD at Florida State University. Before coming to Mississippi State, he served on staff at Baylor University, Auburn University and Kentucky Southern College.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Pittman Lewis of Eupora; one daughter, Denise Lewis Waldrep and husband, Brian, of Greenwood, S.C.; one son, Dr. Michael K. Lewis and wife, Rena, of Hoover, Ala.; and their mother, Bobbie Gore of Starkville; four grandchildren, Carey Smith, Todd Waldrep, Andrew Waldrep and Austin Lewis. Other survivors are Sarah's children; three daughters, Sarah E. Pittman, Lisa Odom and husband, Kurt, of Eupora, and Mary Pittinos of Mobile, Ala.; three sons, Buster Pittman, Donald Pittman and wife, Cathy, and Danny Pittman and wife, Joyce, all of Eupora; 15 grandchildren, Brandie Freed, Lindsey Jenkins, Micha Terquerst, Joshua Terquerst, Magan Pittman, Justin Pittman, Stephanie Pittman, Lynn Sims, Melvin Russell and wife, Crystal, Jenny Whittigon, Lynn Miller, Teresa Blakely, Daniel Ross Odom, Kurtis Luke Odom and Hannah Lillian Belle Odom; seven great-grandchildren, Banks Whittigon, Dusty Miller, Devin Jones, Lakin Pittman, Kara Blakely, Sicily Sims and Alison Russell. He is also survived by two sisters, Florence Boyd and husband, Buford, of Jayess, and Martha Knudsen of Spring, Texas; three brothers, Clatie F. Lewis and wife, Maxine of Chamblee, Ga., Dr. Raymond Lewis and wife, Helen, of LaGrange, Texas, and the Rev. James A. Lewis and wife, Melba, of Pontotoc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vera Lewis and Sarah Holland; two brothers, Guy Lewis and Dr. J. Thurman Lewis; and one brother-in-law, Jim Knudsen.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the George R. Lewis Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.

Adeline Kyle

NETTLETON – Adeline Kyle, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at her residence after a sudden illness. She was born Dec. 11, 1945, in Lee County to Ida Pearl Haynes Sullivan and the late Olen Sullivan. She had lived in the Wren community of Monroe County, and for the past 10 years she had lived in the Airline Road community of Lee County. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church. She loved her family and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with the Rev. Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Itawamba County.

Survivors include her mother, Ida Pearl Haynes Sullivan of Nettleton; two sons, Jimmy Kyle and wife, Kellie, of Amory, and Richard Kyle of Bessemer, Ala.; two brothers, James Sullivan and wife, Sandra, and Johnny Sullivan and wife, Tami, all of Nettleton; one sister, Helen Barnes and husband, Harold, of Nettleton; three grandchildren, Lauren Kyle Ruth, Lesley Kyle and Kayla Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Zoie Ruth and Gabriel Ruth.

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Peggy Jean Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be Donny Barnes, Johnny Wayne Sullivan Jr., Allen Sullivan, Terry Sullivan, Henry Kyle, David Renfro and Randy Renfro.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Deborrah Gilley

BOONEVILLE – Deborrah Ellen Hall Gilley, 49, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1957, in Belmont. She worked for Parker Hannifin for 20 years. She was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church in the Blackland community. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Cagle officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton “Gene” Gilley; one son, Matthew Gilley, and one daughter, Erin Leigh Gilley, both of the home; her mother, Eula Hall of Red Bay, Ala.; five brothers, James Hall and David Hall, both of Tishomingo, Ray Hall of Michie, Tenn., Louis Hall of Baldwyn and Don Hall of Fairview; three sisters, Ann Wood of Belmont, Jolene Shephard and Lynda Taylor, both of Tishomingo; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Hall; two brothers, Aaron and Johnnie Hall; and one sister, Mamie Singleton.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Hall, Tim Hall, Ton Wood, Shaun Weaver, Terry Cartwright and Joe Kelly.

William L. Taylor

PONTOTOC – William Loyd Taylor, 78, of Pontotoc, did suddenly Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at his residence. He was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Robert Clyde and Mattie Loyd Taylor. He married Mildred Petty on Feb. 1, 1947. He lived in Memphis for many years and worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for 40 years. After retiring, he worked at Baldwin Funeral Home in Pontotoc. He was a member of the Audubon Park Baptist Church in Memphis before moving to Pontotoc, where he was a member of the Troy Baptist Church and a deacon for the past 15 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a loving grandfather and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Mike Dearman officiating. Burial will be in the Edington Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Taylor, a son, Dan Taylor and wife, Lori, and his grandsons, William and Joshua Taylor, all of Memphis; one brother, Terry Taylor of the Troy community.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Larry Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Larry Poe, Mike Finn, Larry Lovell, Burton Ware, Allen Roye and Jesse Johnson.

Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Red Hamblin

NEW ALBANY – Milburn “Red” Hamblin, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rubye Mauriocourt

AMORY – Rubye Wooten Mauriocourt, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Pamela J. West

NETTLETON – Pamela J. West, 47, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Saltillo Funeral Chapel of W. E. Pegues.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.

Eddie Lothorp

TUPELO – Eddie Gilbert Lothorp, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Tupelo native, he was born June 11, 1945, to the late Gilbert and Irene Cook Lothorp. He was educated in the Tupelo Public Schools and had graduated from Tupelo High School. He joined his father in their family business, Lothorp Signs of Tupelo. After his father's retirement, he opened his own business, Eddie's Signs, where he worked until his retirement in 2003. He had been involved in hurricane reconstruction projects. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of both the Mississippi and National Electrical Sign Manufacturers Associations. Known for his love of the outdoors, he especially enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Richmond Baptist Church with the Rev. Clay Anthony officiating. Jimmy Spencer will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Kerrie Gillentine and her husband, David, of the Richmond community, and Kristi Lothorp of Pontotoc; one son, Mike Lothorp and Amy of Tupelo; the mother of his children, Dianne Lothorp; one sister, Pasty West of Tupelo; one brother, Jimmy Lothorp of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Bailey and Payton Gillentine, Anna Claire and Cole Lothorp and Austin and Colby Lewis; two nieces, Kim Weaver and Reagan Pound; one nephew, Kevin Lothorp; and a special friend, Craig Tatum.

Pallbearers will be Sam Reedy, Jimmy Floyd, Bob Knight, Kirk Kennedy, John T. Rasberry and Paul Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Fooshee, Milton Bradley, Doug Bradley, David Bradley and Buddy Vandiver.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Richmond Baptist Church Building Fund, 2242 CR 814, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Hunter Wayne Johnson

CHESTERVILLE – Hunter Wayne Johnson, 7 months, infant son of Logan and Crystal Johnson, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at the LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 29, 2005, in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Don McHutchin officiating. Burial will be in the Chesterville Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Logan and Crystal Johnson of Chesterville; his grandparents, Richard and Melinda Sprayberry and Cindy Johnson, all of Pontotoc, and Doug Johnson of Chesterville; his great-grandparents, Kathy Tucker of Pontotoc, Alvin and Louise Holcomb of Chesterville, and Russell Gillen of Pontotoc; his great-great-grandparents, Alma Kemp of Pontotoc and Anne J. Cannon of Sherman; his aunts and uncles, Ashley Sprayberry, Elizabeth Sprayberry, Angie Coggins, Donald Johnson and Maggie Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Logan Johnson, Doug Johnson and Adam Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Vijayz Joshi and Dr. Jeff Meyers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nelle Ball

HAMILTON, Ala. – Nelle Ball, 93, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at the Sunset Manor in Guin, Ala. She was born Aug. 10, 1912, in Indiana to Conrad and Rosa Perrell Shields. She was a homemaker and a member of Charlottesville Christian Church in Charlottesville, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Ball; one son, Robert Ball; and two daughters-in-law, Susie Ball and Sharon Ball.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. David Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in the Holly Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Borgman of Hamilton, Ala., and Beverly Helm and husband, Marshall of Greenfield, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, David Helm, David Ralstin, David Calvert, Ronald Borgman, Russell Melton and William Tackett.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Deroy Davis

TISHOMINGO – Deroy Davis died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlum Funeral Directors of Iuka.

Thomas Howard Buford

HOLLY SPRINGS – Thomas Howard Buford, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at his home. He was the retired Postmaster of Holly Springs, having retired in December 1988. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs. He was the fourth son of Charles Carlisle Buford and Dellie Regel Buford. He was educated in Holly Springs Public Schools and graduated from Mississippi State University. He served his country honorably in World War II and later. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served overseas in the European theater of operations. He saw action in the Normandy campaign in France and later advanced into Belgium and Germany while serving in the 438th antiaircraft artillery battalion. After the war, he served in the U.S. Army artillery reserves, retiring in 1961 with the rank of Captain. He was a Boy Scout leader organizing Troop 119 of Holly Springs and was honored with the Silver Beaver award.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Holly Springs with Dr. Milton Winter officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Tommy Jean Martin Buford; one daughter, Pamela Jean Bray of Holly Springs; three sons, Thomas Howard Buford Jr. of Lexington, Ky., Robert Carlisle Buford of Potts Camp and Donald Eugene Buford of Holly Springs; three grandchildren, Laura Bray and Elton Bray of Holly Springs, and Catherine Crank of Lexington, Ky.; two stepgrandchildren, Jake Howell and Evan Howell of Potts Camp; one brother, Richard L. Buford of Madison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jenny Dale Bell and Ernestine Smallwood; three brothers, Charles, Julius and Dudley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Johnnie Garner

RIPLEY – Edith Earnestine “Johnnie” Garner, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at Beverly Health Care in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jannie Mae Hudson

JACINTO – Jannie Mae Davis Hudson, 88, died Saturday, at her residence. She was born Dec . 14, 1917, in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jacinto Church of Christ.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Jacinto Church of Christ with Minister Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Hudson of Jacinto; one sister, Evelyn Crabb of Walnut; her caregivers, Mable Perry and her husband, Ralph, and Estelle Wright and her husband, Clois, all of Booneville; William Pannell and his wife, Mary, whom she raised as a grandson; her special little friend, Alivia Pannell; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Crum and Ruth David; her adopted grandchildren, Jason Pannell and his wife, Stacy, and Susan Ellsworth and her husband, Todd, and their children, Chandler and Sara; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Boyd Eubanks; her mother, Elma Brock ; her husbands, Homer Malone and Roy Davis; one daughter, Evonne Malone; and two brothers, Issac and James Crum.

Pallbearers will be William Pannell, Jason Pannell, Elvis Davis, Larry Davis, Travis Davis and Wade Davis.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Opal Wells

CORINTH – Opal Wells, 74, did Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at her residence. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the North Corinth Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Coleman Family Chapel with Bro. Bill Wages and Bro. Amos Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Forman of Corinth; five daughters, Patricia Dianne Carper, Sheila Barnes, Vickie Wells and Cynthia Lenske, all of Corinth, and Telisa Jarnigan and husband, Willie, of Guys, Tenn.; one sister, Lavern Klam of Corinth; four stepchildren, Carolyn Wells, David Hindman, Todd Hindman and Tanny Hindman; many nieces and nephews; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton and Leaner Rickett Smith; six brothers and five sisters.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Glenda Sawyer

TUPELO – Glenda Carroll Sawyer, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at her home. She was born July 28, 1951, in Louisiana to Henry Earl and Sarah Brooks Thrasher. She lived in the Amory and Fulton areas before moving to Tupelo. She worked as a supervisor in the billing department at North Mississippi Medical Center for 18 years and sold Mary Kay products in her spare time. A motivational speaker, she was active in Relay for Life, offering support for people affected by cancer. She was an avid reader enjoying romance novels and loved watching the Lifetime network. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Stanley Blaylock, Bro. Coy Hill and Bro. James Dean officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.

Survivors include tow sons, Brian Keith Sawyer and wife, Melody, of Amory, and Chris Sawyer and fiancŽe, Candy, of Guntown; two daughters, Christy Randolph and husband, Brad, and Tracy Whitfield, all of Amory; her friend and companion, Earl Dean of Tupelo; two stepsons, Edward Nicholaus Dean and Jason Dean, both of Tupelo; one sister, Sherron Moore and husband, Gary, of Amory; nine grandchildren, Kayla Sawyer, Andrew Sawyer, Bethany Sawyer, Derrick Sawyer, Shawn Sawyer, Jacob McDonald, Macie Randolph, Hayden Randolph and Anna-Loren Randolph; a special aunt, Carolyn Brooks of Florida; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her special friends at NMMC Billing Department.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Hall, Andy Julis, Keith Hester, Scotty Moore, Randy Brooks and Bub Brooks.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.