Obituaries, Friday, Feb. 26, 1999

AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Friday, Feb. 26, 1999

Beryle Bailey

VERONA Beryle Malone Bailey, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Itawamba County to George Malone Bailey and O’Rella Bates Bailey. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Verona First Baptist Church for 45 years. He served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and Sunday school teacher. He was an avid gardener.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona with the Rev. Owen Riddick officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sophia Cain Bailey of Verona; two sons, Bill Cain Bailey and his wife, Lee Ann, of Little Rock, Ark., and Carl Ray Bailey and his wife, Denise, of Verona; one daughter, Jackie Bailey Homan and her husband, David, of Shannon; three sisters, Alma Beggs and Jessie Mae McCarter, both of Tupelo, and Nell DeVault of Okolona; 12 grandchildren, Bud Paul Bailey and his wife, Terry, Jack Dewayne Bailey and his wife, Mandy, Aaron Daniel Bailey and Tiffany Ann Bailey, all of Little Rock, Ark., Kevin Shane Homan and his wife, Angie, of Tupelo, Kelly Robin Homan and Patrick James Homan, both of Shannon, and Krista Sue Bailey of Verona, Micah Cain Bailey and Gary Leon Bailey, both of Little Rock, Ark.; two great-grandchildren, Harrison Bailey and Swenson Bailey, both of Little Rock, Ark.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren; and Charles McCormick and Bobby Aldridge.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Memphis, Tenn. 38103.

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Mr. Beryle M. Bailey

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10 a.m. today

Lee Memorial Funeral Home

Lee Memorial Park

Sarah Walker

CORINTH Sarah Walker, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Vera B. Smith

OSCEOLA, Ark. Vera B. Smith, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, in Osceola, Ark. She was born May 20, 1917, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Swift Funeral Home Chapel in Osceola with the Rev. J. Wayne Moore officiating. Burial will be in Ermen Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Robbie Nell Bowen of Amory and Linda Faye Cotton of Osceola, Ark.; three sons, Jerry Wayne Smith of Mooreville, Billy Ray McDonald of Mantachie and Robin McDonald of Memphis; one brother, Everett Burgess of Savannah, Tenn.; one special nephew, Jerry Burgess of Corinth; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Sarah Dowdy

HOLLY SPRINGS Sarah Lee Moore Dowdy, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at her home in Holly Springs. She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Temple of Jesus Christ in Holly Springs, where she was a member of the Mother’s Board. She was the widow of John Henry Dowdy.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Landmark Temple of Jesus Christ with Elder Robertson officiating. Burial will be in Kimbrough Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery in Lamar. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Annie D. Hughes of Lamar and Verlean D. Franklin of Memphis; two sons, Ron Dowdy of Holly Springs and Don Dowdy of Byhalia; one sister, Lillian Bailey of Lamar; two brothers, Hess Moore and James Moore, both of Detroit, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Evelyn Long

BOONEVILLE Evelyn Long, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Biggersville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raybon Richardson and the Rev. Matthew Brown officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, George Long; one daughter, Debbie Gillentine, and her husband, Dennis, of Booneville; two sons, Larry Gene George and his wife, Janie, and Ellis Long and his wife, Angie, all of Booneville; three sisters, Agnes Wheeler and Shelby Jones, both of Jacinto, and Helen Pettigo of Kirkville; one brother, Cleve Wiginton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ramer Wiginton, and a brother, J.C. Wiginton.

Pallbearers will be Mike Epperson, Jamie Epperson, Terry Wiginton, Harry Wheeler, Tommy Pettigo and Robert Stacy.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today.

J.B. Walker

CORINTH J.B. Walker, 48, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Peter A. Guertin

LAFAYETTE, La. Peter A. Guertin, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, La. He was born March 4, 1907, in Manteno, Ill., and lived there for 58 years. He and his wife moved to Oxford, Ala., in 1965 and, after his wife’s death, he moved to Lafayette, La., in 1995. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and an active member of the American Legion, holding various offices including president. He was the husband of the late Cleo Orr Guertin, who died in 1991.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Sherry G. Flood, and her husband, Michael, of Lafayette, La.; one son, Gary L. Guertin, and his wife, Susan, of West Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; one sister, Jeannette Wheeler of Canoga Park, Calif.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Jere Herring Sr.

AMORY Gerald Gordon “Jere” Herring Sr., 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Kerrville, Tenn., to Willie Gordon and Hester Lucille Bond Herring. He married Gloria M. Churchill in 1971. He lived in Bolton, Tenn., before moving to Amory in 1979. He retired as a Division Train Master from Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad after 40 years. He was a member of Cason Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Wayne Brown and the Rev. Tony Inmon officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria M. Herring of Amory; four sons, Jere Herring Jr. and his wife, Sandy, of Brighton, Tenn., Don Herring of Arlington, Tenn., William Howard of Columbus, and Tracy D. Howard and his wife, Hazel, of Hatley; a daughter, Kelly D. Irvin, and her husband, Glen, of Jonesboro, Ark.; a brother, Gene Herring of Arlington, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lou Ellen Davis.

Pallbearers will be Ruble Maxey, Sammy Mitchell, Ronnie Sloan, Donnie Sloan, L.L. Edgeworth and Dallas Burks.

Honorary pallbearers will be BNSF Railroad employees, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department and Hatley Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 269, Amory, Miss. 38821; or Cason Baptist Church Building Fund.

Joshua C. Pate

PHEBA Joshua C. Pate, 5, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, at Duke University Hospital North in Durham, N.C. He was a lifelong resident of Pheba. He attended Hebron Christian School, where he was enrolled in the K-4 and K-5 classrooms.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Stan Blaylock and the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Bluff Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Angela Pate of Pheba; one brother, Juan Pate of Pheba; his grandparents, Zeb and Rebecca Terry, and Leotis and Patsy Pate, all of Pheba; his great-grandparents, Louis and Gladys Edwards of Maben; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Edwards, Barry Edwards, Barry Hathcock and Jason Armstrong.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jacob Skiwski and all the children at the Hebron Christian School.

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

Memorials may be made to Little People of America, c/o Paul Hagen, Vice President of Finance, 6601 Threee Oaks Circle, Austin, Texas 78759.

Wayne Schrum

CORINTH Wayne Schrum, 53, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a sign painter and a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He had served in the Mississippi National Guard.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery in Burnsville.

Survivors include his father, George Schrum of Corinth; two brothers, Bobby Schrum and Jeff Schrum, both of Corinth; one stepbrother, Scott Womack of Corinth; one sister, Margie Mueller of Corinth; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Schrum.

Mary Jones

RIPLEY Mary Louise Jones died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Helen Vaughan

EUPORA Helen Yvonne Lamb Vaughan, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 18, 1938, in Webster County. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Lebanon Methodist Church in Choctaw County.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wise-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeep Pepper officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include her husband, David A. Vaughan of Eupora; her mother, Mattie Lamb of Eupora; three daughters, Kimberly Vaughan of Eupora, Denise Tennison of Sturgis and Lynette Hunt of Ackerman; two sons, Scottie Edwards and Jeffery Williams, both of Eupora; one sister, Glenda Varnado of Madison; one brother, Everette Lamb of Markle, Ind.; 15 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Lenard Hester

NEW SITE Joseph Lenard Hester, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a retired farmer and a member of the Booneville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Minister J.A. Thornton and Minister Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Marie Calley Hester; one daughter, Janice Taylor, and her husband, Larry, of New Site; one son, James Hester, and his wife, Melinda, of New Site; two sisters, Ethel Brown of Cabot, Ark., and Velma Stanley of Lake Worth, Fla.; three brothers, Oather Hester of Booneville, Eugene Hester of New Site and Elvis Hester of Waycross, Ga.; one grandson, Joshua Hester of New Site.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today.

Johnnie C. Hokey

BLUE MOUNTAIN Johnnie C. Hokey died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Elizabeth Wommack

RIPLEY Elizabeth Irene Wommack, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was a retired factory worker and a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and the Eastern Star.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Omega Hall and the Rev. J.C. Hall officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, William M. Wommack of Ripley; two daughters, Martha Scholle and her husband, Louis, of Booneville, and Ann Stagner and her husband, Jimmy, of Blue Mountain; three sons, David Miller and his wife, Judy, of Riceville, Tenn., and Larry T. Miller and his wife, Carla, and Terry L. Miller and his wife, Charlene, all of Ripley; one sister, Lena Chunn of Ripley; 14 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Eliza Potter Smith, and three grandchildren, Timothy Miller, William L. Miller and Allen Cagle.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Miller, Donnie Miller, Michael Miller, Scott Miller, Harry Sappington and Bobby Barkley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Hall, Stan Erwin, Wayne Booker, James Booker, F.L. “Spud” Rowell, Ronald Renfro and Audrey Box.

Blanche Stults

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Blanche Stults, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Marie Davis

BALDWYN Marie McVey Evans Davis, 82, died Thursday, March 25, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a retired clerk for Tom’s Drug Store and a member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Robby Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Drennon D. Davis of Amory; one daughter, Clarine Nanney, and her husband, Milton, of Guntown; one son, Coleman Evans, and his wife, Pat, of Olive Branch; two stepsons, Mike Davis and his wife, Allison, of Huntsville, Ala., and Lance Davis and his wife, Brenda, of Amory; one stepdaughter, Linda Davis of Winter Park, Fla.; one brother, Jacque W. McVey, and his wife, Edith, of Pensacola, Fla.; his grandchildren, Evan and Yvonne Nanney, Eric and Nan Nanney, Ethan and Charlotte Nanney, Erin Nanney, Cary and Linda Evans, Ashby Robert Evans and Cole Evans; two great-grandchildren, Megan Nanney and Kali Nanney; four stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Chamblee, and three brothers, Basil McVey, Kenneth Malone McVey and Charles Cecil McVey.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

John Farr

PONTOTOC John William Farr, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. He was a native of Pontotoc. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and a retired employee of Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Usher Valley United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Thomas Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Dessie Townsend, Brenda Davidson, and Rita Barnett and her husband, Derrick, all of Pontotoc; five sons, James Hobson and his wife, Maggie, of Ecru, Ricky Farr and his wife, Brenda, of Pontotoc, and Tommy Farr, Eddie Farr, and Donnell Farr and his wife, Vernetta, all of Beloit, Wis.; one sister, Chevis Reed of Indianapolis, Ind.; 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

His grandsons will be pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Nora Baird

HOUSTON Nora Estelle Baird, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at the Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born May 31, 1909, in Chickasaw County to John Wesley McKinney and Era Ellison McKinney. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Houston. She was the widow of Ivy Walker Baird.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Childs and Bro. Al Gaspard officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Andrew Wesley Baird and his wife, Maxine, of Starkville, and Thomas I. Baird and his wife, Mary Jo, of Houston; one daughter, Sue Pemper, and her husband, Frank, of Houston; five grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Dorthy Gann of Houston.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Van VanHoozer

AMORY F.P. “Van” VanHoozer, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

James Adams

AMORY James Adams, 63, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Bud Montgomery

HOUSTON Charles “Bud” Montgomery, 76, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, at his home in the Thorn community. He was born in Clay County and lived in Cedar Bluff most of his life before moving to the Thorn community in 1995. He was a retired welder at Babcock & Wilcox Company in West Point and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Faith Bible Church in Houston. He married Faye Washington on April 28, 1974.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Bible Church in Houston with Pastor David Garver and Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Houston Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Montgomery of Houston; two daughters, Cheryl Ann Spears of Woodland and Eva Dale Nabors of Houston; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary G. Hurt and Claira Lou Hampton, both of West Point, and Sue Thomas of Tacoma, Wash.; three brothers, Bilbo McNeel of Mantee, Vern McNeel of Pheba and Sammy McNeel of West Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Clinton Montgomery and Minnie Pearl Griffin Montgomery.

Pallbearers will be David Brasfield, Dewayne Weaver, Tim Bradberry, Martin Fuggett, Kevin McMahan, Buddy Hill and John Earp.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at FAith Bible Church.