Obituaries January 22, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lorena Wesson
TUPELO – Mary “Lorena” Wesson, 98, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at United Methodist Senior Services, Leeper Green House. She was born May 13, 1913, in Saltillo to Pinkney Green Wesson and Norma Wilson Wesson. She received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State College for Woman and later earned a master’s degree and completed the course work for her Ph.D. In her younger years, she worked as an elementary teacher in Natchez. She lived in Memphis for the past 60 years, working as a teacher, principal and supervisor of teachers for Memphis City Schools before retiring. She was a longtime resident of Kirby Pines Retirement Community before moving to Tupelo. She enjoyed reading, worldwide traveling and current events. She was a member of Buntyn Presbyterian Church in Memphis.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Wil Howie officiating. A private burial will follow in Campbelltown Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five nieces and nephews, Dr. Thomas W. Wesson Jr. (Jeanne) of Mantachie, Dr. Matthew B. Wesson (Hope) of Tupelo, Norma Lynn Wesson of Guntown, Vicki Wesson (William Wilson) of Mantachie and Dale W. Rybick of Athens, Ala.; eight great-nieces and great-nephews, Will Sabin of Starkville, Lorena Sappington (Will) of Collierville, Tenn., Cliff Rybick of Athens, Ala., Margaret Wesson of Charlotte, N.C., Matthew Wesson of Saranac Lake, N.Y., Betsy Wesson of Tupelo, Dustin Wesson of Ecru and Romie White (Cody) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; cousins, Margaret Wilson of Farmington, Conn., Tommy Dale Wesson of Memphis, Amelia Rushing (Dutch) of Greenville, Mary Anne Berger (Rut) of Cleveland, Dr. Bill Wilson (Biba) of Jackson, Anne Pitkin of Seattle, Wash., and Joe Purvis (Susan) of Little Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dr. Thomas W. Wesson Sr. and John E. Wesson.
Pallbearers will be William Wilson, Will Sabin, Cliff Rybick, Tommy Anderson, Lou Remmers and Robbie Howell.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buntyn Presbyterian Church, 561 S. Prescott St., Memphis, TN 38111 or Campbelltown Cemetery Fund, c/o Virginia Duffie, P.O. Box 388, Guntown, MS 38849.
Condolences may be emailed to hol landfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Pete Williams
NETTLETON – Pete Williams, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a two week illness. He was born on Oct.13, 1952 in Caledonia, one of 11 children of the union of Joe and Jettie Cantrell Williams. He lived most of his life in the Nettleton area where he was a self-employed master mechanic and farmer. At his death, he was employed as a mechanic for Fastening Solutions of Amory. He loved life and living and his family, especially his four grandchildren whom “Poppy” constantly doted over and spoiled. An avid deer hunter, he loved all God’s creation and being “amongst it.” A jack of all trades, he enjoyed piddling with anything in his shop and “fixing” things. He was a member of Palestine Baptist Church where he had served as an ordained deacon and was known each Sunday for his hospitality in greeting all the men and hugging all the women. He will forever be remembered as having a servant’s heart.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Mike Brazeal officiating. Private burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Simmons Williams, whom he married in Tupelo on April 30, 1976; his sons, Brad Williams and wife, Brandie and their children, Sadie, Bradon and Emry and Scott “Bondo” Williams and his wife, Riley Roebuck Williams and their daughter, Presley, all of Nettleton; his sisters, Shelby Gray (Travis), Lottie Edwards and Linda Joyce Williams, all of Nettleton and Myrtle Streetman of Mooreville; two brothers, Harold and Tom Williams, both of Nettleton; his special brother-in-law, Ernie Simmons (Sandy) of Tupelo; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large group of friends everywhere.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Jettie; his siblings, Bill, Lucille, James and Betty Williams, and his in-laws, Bro. and Mrs. Ernest Simmons, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Mike, Matthew and Jon Paul Barber, Glen Burt, Pat Malone and Justin Hall.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday, all at Holland-Nettleton Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Palestine Baptist Church Youth Fund, P. O. Box 312, Nettleton, MS 38858. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Gene Pavone
TUPELO – Eugene Anthony “Gene” Pavone, 87, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Chicago, Ill., he was born Jan. 17, 1925, to James and Emmanuela Marrone Pavone. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II under General George Patton. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in business. A resident of Tupelo for the past 37 years, he transferred to the area with FMC in 1974, where he worked as company comptroller. He was a past president of the National Association of Accountants, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 2131, and a member of the American Legion Post 49. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and enjoyed vacationing with his wife, Florence, in Naples, Fla. More than anything he enjoyed his “three girls”, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Entombment will be in Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Florence Pavone of Tupelo; three daughters, Diane Adamo (Clifford) of Darien, Ill., Denise Russell of Odenville, Ala., and Debbie Stevens of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Peter Adamo (Beth) of Downers Grove, Ill., Brandon Herring (Kristen) of Pelham, Ala., Jennifer Laudadio (Nicolas) of Chicago, Niki Kennedy (Shawn) of Tupelo, and Matthew Stevens (Darby) of New Orleans, La.; seven great-grandchildren, Alexis, Nicolas, Emily, and Ashley Adamo and Sarah Francis Herring, Evan Kennedy, and Georgia Claire Stevens; two sisters, Gilda Krynski of Downers Grove, Ill. and Evelyn Gentilini (Dino) of La Mesa, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ida Molinare.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Brandon Herring, Matthew Stevens, Niki Kennedy, Peter Adamo, and Jennifer Laudadio. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A vigil for the deceased will follow.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Dorothy Stevens
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Stevens, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Bobby Hale
CORINTH – Bobby “Bob” Hale, 71, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 2, 1940, in Corinth to Alvie and Ora Lee Hale. He was a retired truck driver and a local business owner. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Paula Hale; a son, Robert Hale; two daughters, Trish Parks (Gerald), Lisa Hale, her fiance, Keith Ligon; a brother, Benny Hale; grandchildren, Shauna Hill, Mallory Parks, Chris Maddox, Dustin Parks, Keri Hale; and great-granddaughter, Chelsea Hill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alvin, James Ray, Milton and Thomas Hale, and sister Maylene Reynolds.
Pallbearers will be Chris Maddox, Joel Davis, Gary Lassiter, Charles Brumley, Benny Ray Hale and Rich Hileman. Honorary pallbearers are Mike McPhearson, Jacky Treece, Gary Chamberlan and Shane McDowell.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time on Monday.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Irene Copeland
BALDWYN – Irene Copeland died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Janell Roberts
BOONEVILLE – Janell Goodin Roberts, 75, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Hardin County Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mamie Nichols
IUKA – Mamie Leo Nichols, 93, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Carrington House in Iuka. She was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Tishomingo County to Lee and Ruth Broughton. She married Leonard Nichols in 1939, and had four children. She was a teacher and began her teaching career at Central School and Hubbard Salem School in Tishomingo County and at Lone Pine School in Alcorn County. She retired from Headstart in 1989.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Paul Nichols (Pat), David Nichols (Sandra), and Tommy Nichols (Carol), all of Iuka; one daughter, Donna Nichols of Iuka; one sister, Virginia “Ginny” Anglin of Iuka; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Nichols; her parents, Lee and Ruth Broughton; and her brother, James L. Broughton.
Pallbearers will be Jimi Odle, Wendell Dixon, Sammy Broughton, Heath Castile, Trey Alexander, and Danny Matlock. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Lomenick, Earl Solomon, Kenny Coleman, and Harold Boothe.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth McGehee
TUPELO – Kenneth Lee McGehee, 54, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Mae Buckman
TUPELO – Mae Buckman, 80, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born May 16, 1931, in Itawamba County, the daughter of Chester and Christina Nona Allred Clouse. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She was the widow of Bill Buckman.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Chaplain USA, Guy Linsley officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Hayse (Greg) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Shawn Little, Christopher Hayse (Jennifer) of Saltillo, Jeremy Hayse of Saltillo, and Benji Hayse of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Josh and Katie Hayse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 37 years, Bill Buckman; her grandson, Joshua Hayse.
Pallbearers will be Gregory, Christopher Jacob, Shawn, Jeremy and Benji.
Joshua Hayse will serve as honorary pall bearer.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuner alhome.com
Joe Carnathan
MOOREVILLE – Joe Carnathan died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Princeton Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. after a brief illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mozella Ellis
TUPELO – Mozella Bradley Ellis, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born May 28, 1920, to Ed and Maggie Bradley in Tupelo. She was born the 10th child of 14. She professed hope in Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church of Chesterville. She became a member of Springhill M.B. Church where she remained a faithful member until death. She graduated from College Hill High School. She was fondly called by many names: “Zell”, “Aunt Zell”, and “MU”. She was a homemaker, cook, and caterer for many years. She was married to Albert Ellis.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Springhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Gary Long, the Rev. Joseph Long, and the Rev. Nollen Elzie, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Leamon Ellis (Darlene) of Las Vegas, Nev. and Orenthal Duncan (Margaret “Judy”) of Tupelo; two sisters, Zora Wise of Tupelo and Luzinnia Holland of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, James Henry Bradley of St. Louis, Mo.; five non biological children, Jim Leake (Med), Kathy Fristead, and Mike Hunter Sadler (Mary); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and relatives.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at N.L. Jones Chapel in Tupelo. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time.
You may also sign guestbook at nljonesandson.com.
Elton Jenkins
PARIS – Elton Lee “Sonny” Jenkins, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Calhoun Nursing Home in Calhoun City.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Oxford with Bro. Justin Gates officiating. Burial will be in Pine Flat.
Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Hazel Gammons
LAMAR – Hazel Irene Gammons, 79, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Slayden Baptist Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Callie Jackson
RIPLEY – Callie Gaillard Jackson, 84, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Tippah County Nursing Home. She was born to Ben Evan Gaillard and Callie Belle McElroy Gaillard on Aug. 4, 1927. She married J.C. Jackson on Dec. 23, 1949. She was an employee of Blue Bell Manufacturing until she and her husband opened Jackson Insurance Agency in Ripley. After her retirement, which coincided with the birth of her first granddaughter, she was a homemaker and a doting grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, needlecrafts and yard work. She loved her family dearly, but more importantly she loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Falkner Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Connolly officiating with the Rev. Richie Lockhart assisting. Burial will be in Wiers Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include her son, Benny Jackson (Wanda); two granddaughters, Natalie Dianne Jackson and Hannah Marie Jackson, all of Falkner; two sisters, Berniece Gaillard of Ripley and Lorene Smith (Lamar) of Collierville, Tenn.; one brother, Jimmy Gaillard of Ripley and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 45 years, J.C. Jackson; an infant daughter, Sheila Dianne; her parents; two sisters, Hermie Collette and Ollie Smith; three brothers, Luther Gaillard, Joe Gaillard and Ray Gaillard.
Pallbearers will be Andy Braddock, Kerry Elliott, Michael Hopper, Joel Jackson, Leroy Jackson and Greg Smith.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time on Monday.
David Johnston
GOLDEN – On January 20, 2012, the Pearly Gates of Heaven opened and a host of angels ushered David Lee Johnston into his glorious, eternal home. He was 54 years old, born in Franklin County, Ala. on November 18, 1957 to his loving parents, Thurman and Florence Guinn Johnston. He lived in the Red Bay area for 34 years and then moved to the family farm in Golden, MS where he resided until his death. He died at his cabin in the woods with his precious wife, daughter and son by his side and holding his hand.
David worked for Norfolk Southern Railway for 19 years. He was an avid hunter and life-long collector of 1946 Chevy trucks and hotrods. He loved gardening, nature and all of God’s creations, fishing with his grandkids and son, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and loyal companion, Buddy. He enjoyed living on the farm and designed and built their home, which he called “the healing place.” He also enjoyed teaching his grandchildren about the cattle and all the many animals on the farm. He was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church, and he loved his church family dearly. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 10 years, but found his true strength in his Lord and Savior.
Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. today with a celebration of life service following at 6 p.m. at Golden Central Baptist Church. Bro. Shawn Davis, Bro. Tommy Purvis, Bro. Billy Burge and Bro. Greg Forbus will be officiating. A private burial will held on Monday at Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife and best friend of 31 years, Sandi Davis Johnston; precious daughter Jodi, that was his nurse until the very end, and her husband Pat Reed Jr.; a son that was his pride and joy, Jake Johnston; special grandchildren, who brought so much joy to his life, Tucker Daylen Thorn and Brylee-Grace Reed; older brother and best friend-Danny Johnston and wife Marilyn; father and mother-in-law-Floyd “Red” and Jo Davis; brother and sister-on-law, Ricky and Sheree Davis Humphries; niece, Heather Humphries and her son Brodie, and nephew Zack Humphries; and his faithful companion “Buddy.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and a special aunt-Rena Guinn.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends of his son: Devan Hurst, Brian Malone, Reed Gasaway, Brodi Pounds, Chandler Higginbottom and Billy Nunley.
Raymond Rinehart
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – Raymond Rinehart, 92, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Minnie Jean McKenzie
AMORY – Minnie Jean McKenzie, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Elbert Beckham
PONTOTOC – Willie Elbert Beckham, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Willie Mullenix
PONTOTOC – Willie Mae Nanney Mullenix, 94, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Rosewood Residence in Tupelo. She was a faithful member and Sunday school teacher at Second Baptist Church in Tupelo before moving to Pontotoc where she joined Victory Baptist Church. She was retired from Reed Mfg. after working for 50 years. She enjoyed cooking for many preachers and missionaries over the years and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Langley and Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Oak Grove Cemetery. There will be no graveside service. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Mullenix Cook (Butch) of Tupelo; a son-in-law, Bro. Doug Jones of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Mike Jones and Mark Jones both of Pontotoc; Angie Conner (Jim) of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kevin Cook of Saltillo; and Kim Perner (Eric) of Tulsa, Okla.; nine great-grandchildren, Ashley and Andrea Jones of Pontotoc; Savannah, Luke and Noah May of Phoenix, Ariz.; Colton Cook of Saltillo; Tanner and Patrick Blasingame and Cash Perner all of Tulsa, Okla.; her special roommate at Rosewood, Helen Shields and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Anne Pierce Nanney; her husband Chester Hampton Mullenix who died in 1948; her sisters, Molly Lou Andrews and Elsie Faye McMillen; five brothers, Lawrence, Clarence, Leon, Clyde and Cleveland Nanney; and her daughter, Billie Mullenix Jones.
Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Mark Jones, Bro. Doug Jones, Kevin Cook and Butch Cook.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Mable Crisp
WEST POINT – Mable Coggins Crisp, 82, died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born March 14, 1929, in Byhalia, in Marshall County, to Mary Green Coleman and Jim Coleman. She was a Presser at Big Yank Manufacturing for 17 years. She was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. She married J. G.”Buddy” Coggins, Jr. on Feb. 8, 1952, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Coggins Osburn (Earl), and Gail Coggins Stegall (Robert) of Cedar Bluff; her sons, James Bush (Cathy) of Millport, Ala., Johnny Coggins of West Point, Terry Coggins of West Point, and Mike Coggins (Janet) of West Point; 15 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; her sister, Frances Watkins of McCool; her brothers, Charles Coleman (Tommie) of Kilmichael, J. C. Coleman of Huntington, Texas, and Raymond Coleman (Sandra) of Plant City, Fla.
Preceding her in death was her husband, J.G. “Buddy” Crisp who died on April 22, 1972; her siblings, Helen Coleman, William Coleman, Carl Coleman, Blackie Coleman, and Earl Coleman.
Pallbearers will be Robert Stegall, Jr., Christopher Coggins, Patrick Osburn, Stacy Bush, C. W. Walters, and Brian Norton. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. T.N. Braddock, and Dr. Edmund A. Miller, Jr.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Wilton Calley
FLORENCE, Ala. – Wilton “Buddy” Calley, 80, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Glenwood Rehab & Convalescent Center in Florence. He was formerly of Iuka. He was an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a retired iron worker. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services are at 11 a.m. on Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Ted Vafeas officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Gary Calley (Stephanie) of Florence, Ala.; two daughters, Kay Sibley (Randy) of Muscle Shoals, Ala. and Becky Haley of Savannah, Tenn.; one sister, Euple Brumle of Iuka; three grandchildren, Abby Calley, Heather Sibley, and Sterling Haley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Geneva Calley; his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Margie Calley; and his sister, Willard Evelyn Wilson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Lena Dale
PONTOTOC – Lena Mae Dale, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Sunshine Health Care where she had lived for the past six years. She was born Feb. 11, 1918 in New Boston, Texas to Roy and Bertie May Palmer Hooker. She lived her childhood and attended school in that area before marrying Charles Henry “Bill” Dale, with whom she shared many years until his death in 1968. She worked as an Oral Technician for many years before retiring. She moved to Hickory, N.C. for 18 years before moving to the Tupelo/Pontotoc area in 1995. Her whole life was her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was of the Methodist faith.
There will be no local service. Bunkers Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nev. is entrusted with graveside service in Memory Gardens of Las Vegas, Friday, January 27, 2012. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with local arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Hester (Hurb) of Tupelo; one grandson, Ty Hester (Michelle) of Pontotoc and two great-grandchildren, Emily Hester of Hickory, N.C. and Joshua Hester of Pontotoc.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Willie Forsythe
CORINTH – Willie Buford Forsythe, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Magnolia Regional. He was a restaurant manager and retired butcher. He served in Army during WWII. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Corinthian Chapel with Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Hettie Beatrice Forsythe of Corinth; and a son, Randy Forsythe (Margie) of Iuka; grandchildren, Tana Mann (Brad), Nicole Parsons (Todd), Jason Jaggers (Christy) and Mark Forsythe (LeAnne).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie E. and Ida Morrison Forsythe; a daughter, Sandra Roberson and four brothers, William V. “Bill” Forsythe, Edward Forsythe, Virgil Forsythe and Verdo Forsythe.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Monday at the chapel.