Obituaries January 17, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charles Goree
TUPELO – Charles Horace Goree died Jan. 11, 2011. He was born Jan. 18, 1962, to Charles Goree and Emma Kate Pierce. He currently was a member of Green Street Baptist Church of Christ. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School, where he was a member of the band and football team. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He earned a degree from ICC in electrical wiring and refrigeration.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Pine Grove/Fields Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Kesha (Perez) James of Tupelo and Aftan and Alexis Goree of Tupelo; his father, Charles (Gloria) Goree of Louisville, Ky.; his mother, Emma Kate Pierce of Shannon; his brothers, Bobby (Tonja) Pierce of El Paso, Texas, Lawrence (Kimberly) Pierce of Carrollton, Texas, Aaron Goree, Taron Goree and James “D” Goree of Lousiville, Ky.; sisters, Tawanna Pierce of Shannon and Stacie Goree of Louisville, Ky.; three grandchildren; uncles, William (Ruby) Goree of Shannon, James (Sharon) Goree of Chicago, Percy Lawrence of St. Louis, Mo.; ;and aunts, Shirley (Theo) Miller of Shannon, Vonnie (June) Pack of Lousville, Ky., Essie (Cliff) Dixon of Shannon, Mary of Albany, N.Y. and Ledora (Dioudy) Rogers of Chicago.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service Tuesday at the church.

Patrick Gardner
OKOLONA – Patrick Gardner, 46, of Okolona, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1964, to L.T. Carodine and Bernice “Bonnie” Gardner. He had a good heart and loved to imitate people.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Memorial Chapel with Elder Hudson A. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Bernice Gardner of Tupelo; three sons, Patrick Gardner Jr. of Bruce, Justin Gardner of California and Malcolm of Okolona; four sisters, Pearline Moore of Houston, Mary Williams of Okolona, Velma Parker of Houlka and Gloria Williams of Okolona; and one brother, Sam Gardner of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his father, L.T. Carodine; and one brother, Elton Gardner.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Williams Memorial Chapel.
Joyce Culver
OXFORD – Joyce Hill Culver, 81, longtime resident of Oxford, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at her home. She was born in Newton, Kan. to Nell and Fred Hill on July 22, 1929, where she continued her life through high school and graduated from Whitewater Kansas High School. After high school, she moved to Chicago and attended the Chicago Institute of Art. Her love for drawing, art and design continued throughout her life and was expressed in various ways, especially in floral design. She worked as manager of the Oxford Country Club for many years.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include a daughter, Kim Culver Linton and her late husband, Barry Linton of Oxford; a son, Mark Culver and his wife, Shari of Jackson; two sisters, Nancy Hill of Herford, Texas and Sue Gillillaland of Kansas City, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Carson Culver, Walker Culver, Laurel Lackey and Derek Linton.
She was preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Marjorie; and her brother, Sam Hill.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service.
The family has asked that memorial contributions in Mrs. Culver’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ruby Smith
ACKERMAN – Ruby Vance Smith, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended 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.
Jimmy Alexander
INDIANOLA – Jimmy Patton Alexander, 65, of Indianola, formerly of Pontotoc, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his home. Mr. Alexander was born Dec. 31, 1945, in Toccopola to James Anderson and Viola Lena Aaron Alexander. While in Pontotoc, he was the owner of Jim’s Trading Post and Pawn Shop. He later worked as a mechanic until his retirement.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Burton Funeral Home. Burial will be in Indianola Memorial Gardens. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Roncali Alexander of Indianola; four daughters, Penny (Allen) Storey of Pontotoc, Karen (Arnold) Vest of Pontotoc, Pamela (Tony) Johnson of Yazoo City and Connie (Peter) Omarkhail of Parsons, Kan.; one son, Jimmy Patton (Joane) Alexander Jr. of Pontotoc; one brother, Larry Gene (Gail) Alexander of Pontotoc; 22 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Jean Alexander; and a brother, Donald Edward Alexander.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Indianola.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.burtonfuneralhome.net.
Robert Hereford Sr.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Robert Hereford Sr., 80, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at VNA Hospice in Wisconsin. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Emma Pace
IUKA – Emma Gene Pace, 78, of Iuka, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Iuka Baptist Church. She enjoyed flea markets, auctions and working in her yard.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Airport Mission Baptist Church with Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, Bro. Perry Murphy and Jonathan Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, John David Murphy, Roger Dale Barrett, Jerry “Hank” Barrett and Clarence Lee Pace, all of Iuka; one daughter, Kathy Peters of Tupelo; three sisters, Lucille Aday of Nitrate City, Ala., Betty Ruth Lambert and Grace Merrell, both of Iuka; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dan Murphy and Charles Pace; six brothers; and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Aday, Steve Aday, Ronnie Barrett, David Lambert, Butch Timbes and William Aday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Ura Parker
BELDEN – Ura Jane Barlow Parker, 98, retired postmaster at the Tula Post Office, where she worked for 37 years, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Belden. Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Parker was the widow of Mr. J.B. Parker. She was a lifetime member of Tula Methodist Church, where she served as the church secretary for over 40 years. She was a member of United Methodist Women and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Clay Farr, the Rev. James Richardson and the Rev. Matthew Pharis officiating. Burial will be in Tula Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Jane Parker O’Callaghan of Belden; a daughter-in-law, Janis Parker of Oxford; a sister, Leona Brown of Oxford; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mattie Barlow; eight sisters and brothers; two sons, John Bartley Parker Jr. and John Robert Parker Sr.; one great-grandson, Adam Betts; and one great-granddaughter, Lyza Jane Case.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Parker’s memory may be made to Tula Cemetery Fund or Tula Methodist Church, c/o Janis Parker, 64 CR 436, Oxford, MS 38655.
Pauline Churchill
POTTS CAMP – Mary Pauline Defer Churchill, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at her home. She was born March 4, 1946, in Booneville to Troy Defer and Lou Hissaw Defer. She was employed as a private nurse.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Vista Memorial Park with the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin Churchill of Potts Camp; a son, David Lee Churchill (Alice) of Myrtle; and a brother, Lloyd Defer of Water Valley.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Billy Melson
TUPELO – Billy M. Melson, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Vaughn Camp
MANTACHIE – Eugene Vaughn Camp, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 6, 1927, to Luther and Ermye Coggins Camp. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mantachie, where he taught Sunday school. He graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and was a proud graduate of Mississippi State University. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army and served as First Sergeant of the Mississippi National Guard in Fulton. He was an insurance salesman for Life of Georgia and worked for 19 years at Penn Tire. He retired from the Northeast Mississippi Community Relations Association. An avid Mississippi State Bulldogs fan and a storyteller, he enjoyed visiting his friends and buddies at the Cotton Gin. He was a loving husband and father.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams and Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery. McNeece Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas Camp (Sally) of Counce, Tenn., Joe Camp (Linda) and Gene Camp, both of Mantachie; one daughter, Meredith Smith (Tony) of Blue Springs; one sister, Sue Collins (Shorty) of Shannon; five grandchildren, Andy Brooks (Christie), Jordan Camp, Joel Camp, Crystal Baxter (Chad) and Jake Camp; and three great-grandchildren, Grayson Brooks, Deacon Brooks and Colten Baxter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Midfred Inez McFerrin Camp; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bill Collins, Joe Collins, Jack McFerrin, Brad McFerrin, Rod McFerrin, John Boy McFerrin and Bill Camp.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Mantachie, to the Mantachie Lions Club or to another local charity.
Sandra McElwain
HERNANDO – Sandra H. McElwain, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after a brief 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.
Robert Miller
NEW SITE – Robert Miller, 74, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Feb. 28, 1936, to Edward A. and Marie T. Miller. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was an electronics engineer, pilot and a certified flight instructor. He enjoyed wood working.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Keith Sanders officiating. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia E. McKinney Miller; three daughters, Wanda McArthur, Dawn Ortiz and Debbie Miller; three sons, Robert Montgomery, Robert Miller and Michael Miller; one sister, Terri Reed; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Edward J. Miller.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family request no flowers be sent.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Marilyn Pegues
OXFORD – Marilyn Lesa Pegues, 45, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at her sister’s home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Master Sgt. ‘J.B.’ Johnson
GOLDEN – Master Sgt. James B. “J.B.”Johnson, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. He was born May 12, 1926, in Memphis to Lawrence and Gertie Mae Shepherd Johnson. He was a Presbyterian. He joined the Army in 1944, and then converted to Army/Air Force and finally made his career in the USAF. He served our country for 27 years and fought in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. He had accumulated many awards and medals and was an excellent marksman with a pistol. He worked at C and P Auto in Fulton for 10 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, family and spending time with his many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Ramona (Kenny) Gattis of Tishomingo; his son, Randy (Rajama) Johnson of Belmont; his grandchildren, Jennifer Owens of Decatur, Ala., Stephanie (Kyle) Stewart of Austin, Texas, Lori (Doug) Liles of Golden, Brian (Scarlett) Gattis of Ramer, Tenn., Mallory (Brad) Cleveland of Golden, Kayla (Jacob) Owens of Dennis and Izaac Johnson of Belmont; his great-grandchildren, Jayden Pendegraph, Lydia and Addyson Liles, Caleb and Chloe Stewart and London Mae Gattis; his sisters, Elizabeth “Sister” Byars of Bruce and Margie Darby of Batesville; his brother, Billy (Jeannette) Johnson of Huntsville, Ala.; his brother-in-law, R.D. McMinn of Batesville; and his uncle, Richard Johnson of Paris, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ollie Mae Reeves Johnson; his brothers, Raybert “Bud,” Edward “Ed,” Eugene and Roy Johnson; his sisters, Lottie Johnson and Earlene McMinn; his daughter, Rhonda Owens; and his sons, Robert and Ronald Johnson.
Pallbearers will be the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Graham, Keith Shotts, Ronnie Greene, Rhett Russell, Frank Russell, Pookie Sheffield, Reggie Waddle, Hudon Conway, Charles McFadden, Charles Searcy and Paul Gibbs
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Floyd Hendrick
TUPELO – Floyd G. Hendrick, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at his home in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born in Greenville to Robert and Jewel Jones Hendrick, and he moved to Tupelo about eight years ago to be near his family. Mr. Hendrick was a retired postal supervisor, being employed with the U.S. Postal system for more than 55 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, in the Calvary Division under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He was an avid sports fan and loved to watch baseball and football. He loved to do woodworking and spend time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Second Baptist Church of Greenville.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at the Tupelo Memorial Gardens with Sammy Lansdell officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emolene P. Hendrick; one daughter, Tangea Aycock and her husband, Brooks of Madison; one son, Gary F. Hendrick and his wife, Marietta Ann of Saltillo; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Billy Koonz
WEST POINT – Billy Koonz, an anatomical gift donor, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Velvet Smith
PLANTERSVILLE – Velvet A. Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at her home. She was born May 27, 1962, to Inez and Lonzo Adams Jr. She was a faithful member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Plantersville. She was united in holy wedlock to Elder George R. Smith on April 18, 1981.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Saturday in Union Cemetery in Plantersville. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Elder George Smith of Plantersville; two sons, Minister Courtney Smith and Greg Smith, both of Tupelo; one daughter, Candace Smith of the home; her mother, Inez Adams of Nettleton; three sisters, Marie Lewis of Gulfport and Doris Washington and Linda Adams, both of Nettleton; three brothers, Elder Donald (Jean) Adams, Rance (Gloria) Adams, both of Nettleton and Stevie Adams of Texas.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Diane Smith; and her father, Lonzo Adams Jr.
Clyde Fowler
CORINTH – Clyde D. Fowler, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Alta Seago
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Alta Wood Seago, 90, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at her home. She was a retired seamstress with Mitchell Mfg. Co.. She enjoyed sewing for her own pleasure and others. She also enjoyed making dolls and doing crafts. She attended Foote Street Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Chapel with Minister Charles Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Doris Ann Seago Newborn (Ron) of Muscle Shoals; two sons, William Leslie Seago Jr. (Frances) of Houston, Texas and Donald Ray Seago (Vicki) of Collierville; and eight grandchildren, Amber N. Hammock (Frank), Leslie N. Birdsong (Chad), Alex Newborn (Debbie), Michael Seago (Tammy), Todd Seago (Amy), Sean Seago (Brooke), Holly S. Elofson (Gary) and Kristy S. Fleming (Josh).
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Leslie Seago Sr.; her parents, Willie Earl Wood Sr. and Clara Mae Robbins Wood; two sisters; and four brothers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Evelyn Palmer
RIPLEY – Evelyn Palmer, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was retired from Blue Bell, and she was a member of Palmer Baptist Church in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.H. and Francis Shinall Kuykendall; her husband, Joshua Palmer; four sisters, Ruby Eaton, Lillie Roberts, Edna Garrison and Clara Garrison; and six brothers, Iria, Wayne, Lemuell, John W. and Asbury KuyKendall and Wilson Gaylor.
Pallbearers will be David Kent, Perry Malone, John Ed Brotherton, Wayne Huey, Charles Bryant and Noel Jackson.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Georgia Drake
PRAIRIE – Georgia Drake, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.