Obituaries January 12, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Rev. Chester Hugh Mills
TUPELO – The Rev. Chester Hugh Mills left this earth and moved to his Heavenly Home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. He was born in Scott County on April 9, 1921, to Leon Jefferson and Laura Elizabeth Mills. On June 17, 1939, he married his sweetheart, Lucille Allday, and they were inseparable for 72 years. He entered the Army in December 1943 and bravely served his country in Germany, France and Belgium. He loved to share his testimony about how he gave his heart to God on Dec. 3, 1951, sitting on a Coca Cola case in a service station in Newton. Over the next 50 years, he pastored churches in Morton, Neshoba, Stewart, Greenwood, Sidon, Picayune, Poplarville and Eupora. Many years were spent in Webster County, where he planted two churches. He mentored many young Christians and served as a Godly role model throughout his ministry. Many of these adopted him as their Dad, and he treated them as his own children. He was a member of East Heights Assembly of God Church in Tupelo.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Allday Mills, whom he praised as the sweetest woman in the world; two sons, Roger (Pat) and Ricky (Linda) Mills; two daughters, Yvette (Robert) Lawrence and Linda (J.C.) Burkes; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Geneva James, and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Myrtis, Roger and Jeff; his sister, Carolyn McClelland; and daughter-in-law, Ann Mills.
A celebration of his life and ministry will be 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church at Stewart with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. The service will be led by Rev. David Lann and Rev. Robert Lawrence. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Leroy Brooks
BOONEVILLE – Leroy Brooks, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Aug. 24, 1939. He earned a B.S. degree at Rust College. He was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Antonio Magee officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Brooks; his children, Debbie (Raymond) Justice, Tony (Debra) Brooks and Craig (Heidi) Brooks; his siblings, Wayne Pierce, Rachel Brooks and Thelma White; and his grandchildren, Ashley Justice, Jennifer Justice and Cheritan Brooks.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louise Brooks and Cap Cummings; and siblings, Lawrence Pierce, Catherine Brooks, Ruby Garner, Elizabeth Danial and Elmer Garner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Spring Hill M.B. Church.
Elizabeth Ming
WEST POINT – Mary Elizabeth Clark Ming, 88, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born March 2, 1923, in Chickasaw County to Jennie Bell Griffin and David Loyce Berry. She was a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Harold Robinson officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home for a procession to the graveside. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Sam G. Clark Jr. and Tommy Clark, both of West Point; one sister, Melba Sanderson of Houston.; two nieces and nephew, Vivian Robinson, Betty Sandidge and Bobby Sanderson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lucille Woodruff.
Pallbearers will be Wallace Miles, Richard Reeves, Billy Brown, Dave Sandidge, Bobby Sanderson and Chris Fox.
Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Mary Kennedy
BRUCE – Mary Ellis Williams Kennedy, 99, a resident of Bruce Community Living Center, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born April 22, 1912, in Union County to Henry A. and Annie Lou Walker Williams. On July 7, 1934, she married Herman Kennedy. In the late 1930s they moved to Calhoun County, where she lived until 1995 when she moved to Texas. In 2005, she moved from Texas to the Bruce Community Living Center. She enjoyed reading, working with crafts, and traveling. During her travels, she visited places such places as the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, states from coast to coast, Hawaii, Niagara Falls and other places in Canada. She was a homemaker and an employee of Kellwood for about 20 years, retiring in 1977. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and served in various other capacities for many years.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with Rev. Glen Williams and Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary (Mike) Sutton of Calhoun City; two sons, Carl (Sandra) Kennedy of Conroe, Texas, and Wayne (Elizabeth) Kennedy of Hoschton, Ga.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Audry Strawbridge, Nita Gandy and Frances Mayo; and one brother, James Williams.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Kennedy; her parents; four sisters, Gladys Harris, Olivia Williams, Ivenia Strickland and Elizabeth Shoffner; and two brothers, L.J. Williams and Calvin Williams.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
Charles Bell
SALTILLO – Charles “Junior” Bell, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kathie Dunlap
NEW ALBANY – Norma Kathie Dunlap, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at her home in New Albany. She was born Feb. 10, 1942, in the Liberty community of Union County to L.Q. and Katherine Clayton Benjamin. Mrs. Dunlap, the widow of Gerald Dunlap, was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a housewife. She loved her family, her flowers and bird watching.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Shawn Dunlap (Rosie) of Oxford; one daughter, Deana Hardin (Johnny) of Myrtle; one sister, Dianne Little of New Albany; four grandchildren, Chris Kennedy, Lucretia Rodgers, Ethan Pannell and Zach Dunlap; and three great-grandchildren, Katie Kennedy, Blake Murphree and Riley Rodgers.
Penny Nichols
MANTACHIE – Penny Faye Nichols, 46, died Tuesday , Jan. 10, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 7, 1965, in Baldwyn to Jackie L. and Margaret Faye Dees Nichols. She was a 1983 graduate of Mantachie High School. She had worked at Day-Brite and Centerville Grocery. She enjoyed singing and dancing, and she loved her dog, Winnie. She was a Baptist in belief.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Caster Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her father, Jackie L. Nichols of Mantachie; her mother, Faye Nichols of Wheeler; one daughter, Ashley Trulove ( Randy) of Wheeler; one son, Trey Newell of Mantachie; two sisters, Candy Conwill (Terry) of Saltillo and Michelle Crawford (Doug) of Mooreville; one brother, Kelsie Ray Nichols of Mantachie ; three grandchildren, Jaiden, Jack and JennahTrulove; one niece, Landree Crawford; four nephews, Coree Nichols, Chandler Crawford, Reid Conwill and Reese Conwill.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Delbert and Mary Dees, and Jack and Ollie Nichols.
Pallbearers will be Coree Nichols, Chandler Crawford, Kelsie Ray Nichols, Randy Trulove, Terry Conwill and Doug Crawford.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Abbie Wright
HATTIESBURG – Mildred Gelene “Abbie” Wright, 81, formerly of Calhoun City, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Oklahoma. She was a retired employee of Kellwood. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include one daughter, Bonita Turner (Rick) of Hattiesburg; one sister, Joyce Nix of Pittsboro; two brothers, Milton Wall of Calhoun City and David Allen Wall of Big Creek; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Finley Wright Sr.; a son, Joseph Finley Wright Jr.; and her parents, Gilbert Alker Wall and Maggie Shepherd Wall.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Glen Sanders
MOOREVILLE – Glen Sanders, 54, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the JMS Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. He was a maintenance supervisor for the Forrest City, Ark., School System. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed go-carts and going to auctions.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Nina Sanders of Tremont; one son, Glenn Sanders of Amory; three sisters, Opal White (G.W.) of Chowchilla, Calif., Cathy Payne (Clifford) of Tupelo and Beverly Tackett (Bobby) of Tupelo; three brothers, James Sanders (Shannon) of Skyline, Bobby Sanders of Mooreville and Ottis Sanders (Donna), Forida; seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Dellie Ray and Lois Sanders; a brother, Randy Sanders; a sister, Joyce Richardson; and a grandson, Laden Sanders.
Polly Jolly
OKOLONA – Pauline “Polly” Jolly, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born March 11, 1928, in Red Oak, Texas, to Albert Murdock and Orlena Mae Gillespie Murdock. She grew up in Sherman, graduating from Sherman High School. She married Wilmon Devan Jolly on May 6, 1946, and shared 49 years together until his death on Aug. 30, 1995. She has lived in Okolona for the past 65 years. She served at New Hope United Methodist Church as secretary and treasurer for 48 years. She also was the adult Sunday school teacher. She was a cafeteria worker at Okolona High School, where she worked for 30 years, retiring in 2005. Respected and loved as a faithful Christian, a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a wonderful cook, loved playing games with her family and always made everyone feel welcome in her home.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Okolona First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Harrison and Rev. H. B. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Turner (Sammy) of Starkville and Martha Decanter (Ricky) of Okolona; three sons, David Jolly (Allene) of Ingomar, Harold Jolly (Joyce) of South Pontotoc and Philip Jolly (Brenda) of Okolona; one sister, Earnestine “Teany” Jolly of Sherman; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Jolly of Okolona and Drue Jolly of Shannon; 10 grandchildren, Rob Turner, Casey Turner, Hope Conlee, Brandi Reid, Dave Jolly, Christy Jolly, Michael Jolly, Hunter Jolly, Timmy Jolly and Chad Decanter; 18 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Corrine Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; six brothers, Hiram, Frank, Hill, Allen, Audie and Albert “Red” Murdock; and three sisters, Oconee Caldwell, Myra Foster and Elousie Hill.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Jolly, Edward Jolly, David Mize, Andy Anderson, Van Anderson and Shane Henry. Honorary pallbearers will be Mickey Jolly, Terry Jolly, Allen Jolly, James Young, Pete Worthey and Jim Murdock.
Visitation will be at Okolona First United Methodist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 148 CR 137, Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Margie Smith
OXFORD – Margie Watts Smith, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Smith was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oxford and the Oxford Country Club. She was a former president of the Ladies Auxiliary. She worked as a secretary and retired from Smith Oil Company. She was a homemaker and a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She enjoyed traveling and taking pictures.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Smith and Randy Smith, both of Oxford; a sister, Frances Smith of Oxford; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 15 County Road 207, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Naquisha Berry
TUPELO – Naquisha Berry died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
Lara Morris
WHEELER – Lara Jill Morris, 28, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at her home. She was a member of Wheeler Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her three nieces. She was disabled.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ricky Bishop officiating.
Survivors include one sister, Ashley Shelton, and one brother, Eric Bryson, both of Pontotoc; an uncle and aunt, Mike and Terry Morris of Guntown; two cousins, Chandi Denise (Justin) Grizzard and Sara Michelle Morris, both of Baldwyn; three nieces, Kylie, Kambria and Kazmen.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Debra Morris Ford, and her grandparents, Billie and Dora Morris.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toward funeral expenses.
Mary Pannell
WALNUT – Mary Elizabeth Pannell, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Sept. 19, 1920, to John Edward Porterfield and Julie Stanley Porterfield. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She worked at McGregors and Tipco until her retirement.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Drewery and Bro. Gary Hugh Porterfield officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary L. Nelms (James) of Walnut, Billie Spencer (G.W.) of Batesville and Shelia McAlpin (Mike) of Saulsbury, Tenn.; one son, Troy Pannell (Wanda) of Walnut; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clyde Pannell; her parents; one son, William James Pannell; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Dutch Porterfield, Clifford Porterfield, Ray Porterfield, Randall Porterfield, John Jackson and Brandon Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be David Porterfield and Richard Porterfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Sandra Brown
BRUCE – Sandra Lynn Davis Brown, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Prentiss County. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Rev. Rex Wilburn will officiate, and Buddy Collins will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Edward Brown (Christi) of Calhoun City and Rocky Brown (Brooke) of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Martha Davis Collins (Albert) of Tupelo and Beth Davis Taylor of Jackson; two grandsons, Davis Brown and Cal Brown, both of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Laderl Brown; her parents, Smith Davis and Ann Summers Davis.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com
Gussie McJunkins
OXFORD – Gussie L. McJunkins, 92, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Flint Hill M.B. Church in Etta. Burial will be in the Bethlehem CME Church Cemetery in Etta. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Norman Peacock Jr.
PONTOTOC – Norman Peacock Jr., 53, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Jeffrey Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Jeffrey Simmons, 31, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will, be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
Vaughn Johnson
TISHOMINGO – Vaughn Johnson died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Brenda Hastings
THRASHER – Brenda Sue Hastings, 56, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 19, 1955, to Walter “Butch” and Darlene Gann Wooten. She was employed by North Mississippi Medical Center for over 25 years. During her career, she was a dedicated nurse analyst and was previously an oncology nurse. She was an active member of Thrasher Baptist Church, where she was a prayer warrior. She loved spending time with her family and friends, knitting scarves for loved ones, riding horses with her husband, gardening and reading.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Bostick and Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Hastings; two daughters, Jaclyn (Justin) Barnett of Olive Branch and Amber (Josh) McGuire of Booneville; a son, Jesse Hastings of Thrasher; a sister, Patsy (Roger) Wanner of Belmont; two brothers, Ricky Wooten of McAllen, Texas, and Terry (Melissa) Wooten of Iuka; and a granddaughter, Addison McGuire.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Varie Spragling
MEMPHIS – Varie Spragling, 96, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at AmeriCare Health and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Teamer CME Church in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Brenda Ivy
OKOLONA – Brenda Jean Lawson Ivy, 53, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Okolona. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Dimple Elam
CORINTH – Dimple C. Elam, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in the Shiloh Methodist Cemetery in Tippah County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Margaret Box
BALDWYN – Margaret Box, 55, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at her home in the Pratt community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.