Obituaries January 30, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Gertrude Lindsey
AMORY – Gertrude Weaver Lindsey 87, died on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Dec. 12, 1924, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of Roy and Lula Harris Holloway. She attended Splunge and Turon Schools. She was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. Before retiring, she had worked at National Envelope in Chicago, in the lunch room at Smithville School, and as a housekeeper at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. A loving mother and grandmother, her life was guided by her family and friends. She enjoyed growing flowers, talking on the telephone, gardening, watching Channel 39, and listening to gospel music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Gillentine officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Hanna of Amory; stepdaughter, Shelby Jean Mitchell (Ralph) of Smithville; stepson, Roy Lee Lindsey (Phyllis) of Amory; a sister, Judy Gillentine (Kenneth) of Nettleton; brothers, Len Holloway (Sue) of Smithville, Leo Holloway (Glenda) of Amory, Joe Holloway (Rita) of Tupelo, and Wilburn Holloway (Billie) of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Melinda Christian (Chris)of Amory and Adam Tucker (Ginger) of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Katie, Ryan and Dylan Christian; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Eunice Pearce, Sanie Mae Pierce, and Lorene Cheeks.
In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Weaver; second husband, Shelby Lindsey; sisters, Jane Tindall and Nellie Faye Patterson; and brother, J. D. “Bunk” Holloway.
Pallbearers will be Michael Gillentine, David Holloway, Charles Holloway, Chris Christian, Nathaniel Ratliff, and Dale Wilson.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Michael Wickersham
CORINTH – Michael Gene Wickersham, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 2 p.m. at Oakland Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Quay Whitehurst
SOUTHAVEN – Quay Nix Whitehurst, 76, formerly of Booneville died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Bartlett, Tenn. She was born June 27, 1935, to Thomas and Mamie McGaughy Nix. She was a member of Desoto Woods Baptist Church in Southaven and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marshall Tennison officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Church of God Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Carolyn (Randy) Butler of Bartlett, Tenn., Kim Sims of Horn Lake, Kathy (Wilber) Howard of Walls, and Patricia (Leslie) Bone of Memphis; one son, Ronnie (Linda) Whitehurst of Woodstock, Ga.; one brother, Jackie Nix of Corinth; twelve grandchildren, Lisa Wilkerson, Robbie and Greg Mitchell, David, Paul, and Mark Whitehurst, Jason Sims, Mike and Tim Howard, and Jonathan, Jeremy, and Jonah Bone; seventeen great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Frank Whitehurst; her parents; one sister, Opal Duncan; one brother, Hershel Nix; and one grandson, Justin Sims.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Claudia Marcy
TUPELO – Claudia Marcy, 98, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Reed Green House At Traceway. She was born in Yorkville, Tenn. on Sept. 9, 1913, to Thomas and Nellie Parmley Freely. When she was six, her family moved to Vardaman and she was a 1933 Vardaman High School graduate. After graduation, she moved to Tupelo and in 1938 she married Arnold Leston Marcy. She was a life-long and active member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church and served as a former Sunday School teacher, a choir member and pianist. Her favorite hobbies were crocheting and crossword puzzles. She was a loving wife, caring mother and grandmother who loved cooking and taking care of her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Whitehead (Dwight) and Martha Harris (Quitman) of Tupelo; one son, Arnie Marcy (Suzy) of Nesbit; four grandchildren, Dr. Chip Ferguson (Dr. April Ferguson) of Cullowhee, N.C., Chad Ferguson (Amy) of Mantachie, Casey Dewey (John) of Tupelo, Jim Marcy (Mary Anne) of Tupelo; one great grandchild, Linda Hobson of Cullowhee, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years in 2005, Arnold Leston Marcy; an infant son in 1941, James Arnold Marcy; three sisters and four brothers.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of The Reed Green House.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 1650 N.Veterans, Tupelo, MS 38801 or The United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen Kelly
MEMPHIS – Kathleen Davis Kelly, 88, died on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.
Services are at 1 p.m. today at The Pentecostal Church of Memphis with Bro. Harold Smith officiating. Burial will be in Southwood in Memphis. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Mary McMillan
FORT SPANISH, Ala. – Mary Grace Myers McMillan, age 80, died on January 13, 2012 at Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, AL where she had lived for 6 years.
Mary was born April 5, 1931 in Canton, MS, to the late Grace Dean and Albert A. Myers but considered herself to be from Meridian, MS, where she lived for eight years. Mary was a lifelong Presbyterian and graduated from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) with a BA in History. There she met the love of her life, Morton McMillan, who would go on to become a Presbyterian minister.
In addition to serving as a minister’s wife, Mary assumed many other church leadership responsibilities during her lifetime. She also was active in civic organizations including the League of Women Voters and she taught high school in several states where her family resided. While teaching in Tupelo, MS, she thoroughly enjoyed coaching the academic decathlon team.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Dr. T. Morton McMillan, Jr., and by a son, Dr. William Wallace McMillan of Baltimore, MD. She is survived by two sons: Thomas Morton McMillan, III of Navarre, FL and Andrew Rule McMillan of Olympia WA, and their wives, Nancy and Evonne; and by five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Dr. Albert A. Myers, Jr., of Conyers, GA, and a sister, Ann Myers Redus of Huntsville, AL.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope, AL, on Saturday, March 3 at 2 pm. The family encourages those who wish to make memorial gifts to contribute either to the T. Morton McMillan Scholarship Endowment at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary at 1044 Alta Vista Rd, Louisville, KY 40205, www.lpts.edu amp& follow links to give online, or to the Mary McMillan Memorial Fund at The Nature Conservancy at PO Box 6014, Albert Lea, MN, 56007, reference account number 11589790, or online at: http://support.nature.org/goto/Mary.McMillan.
Mary’s sons are so grateful for the countless ways their mother made their lives better, including her many attempts (not always successful) to teach them proper grammar. They are greatly comforted that, after a life filled with “grace,” as befits one so named, she is now reunited with her beloved Morton and her son Wallace.
Elby Boutwell
VARDAMAN – Elby M. Boutwell, 89 died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Ellisville.
She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Good Hope Cemetery in Ellisville with the Rev. Cliff Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bob Boutwell (Linda) of Vardaman and Ken Boutwell (Bonnie) of Hendersonville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Debbie Ourso of Denham Springs, La., Brooke Grissom (Eric) of Dorsey, Jason Boutwell (Dena) of Boulder, Colo., Leigh Ann Colfer of Brooklyn, N.Y. and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Ethel Walters Odom; and her husband, G.B. Boutwell.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Arliss Cook
HOUSTON – Arliss Coleman Cook, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Chickasaw County to John Cook and Annie Lois Criddle Cook. He was a Marine Veteran of WW II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Myra Cook of Houston; four sons, Ronnie Cook of Houston, Marion Cook of Okolona, Tommy Cook of Saltillo, and Barry Cook of Slaughter, La.; one stepdaughter, Kayla Fisher of Houston; his God son, Alex Jackson of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Billy Faye Cook, his second wife, Jimmie Cook; one son, Jerry Coleman Cook; and a brother, Maxwell Cook.
Pallbearers will be Tony Cook, Jason Cook, Shane Cook, Cody Cook, Brian Cook and Ray Bevels. Honorary pallbearers are Shawn Russell, Ty Russell, David Fisher, and Milford Posey, Jr.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.
For online condolences you may visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

James Miller
BRUCE – James Alvie “Jimmy” Miller, 68, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 19, 1943, in Banner. He was a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver and saw filer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W. R. Harrelson officiating with the Rev. Will Turner assisting. Burial will be in Mt. Comfort Cemetery, in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Jannie Savage Miller of Bruce; two daughters, Connie Miller Logan of Bruce, and Tana Bumgardner McQuary of Houston; two sons, Jeffery Lee Miller of Cordova, Tenn. and Scotty Bumgardner of Oxford; his mother, Mrs. Lera Miller Ward; one brother, Billy Miller of Bruce; 12 grandchildren, Richie Logan, LaDonna Lee, Austin Miller, Sam Miller, Hannah Miller, J.B. Bumgardner, Aerial Pryor, Brylee Poteete, Zack Poteete, Gavin McQuary, Denver McQuary, and Parker McQuary and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Wayne Miller and a daughter, Celia Miller and two sisters Laurette Little and Helen Turner.
Pallbearers will be Robert Earl Blount, Tony Bond, Richie Logan, Austin Miller, Dion Miller, Brylee Poteete, Zack Poteete, and Junior Turner. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Earl Aron, Jean Carter, Junior Carter, Billy Frank Cantrell, James Coleman, Harold Mann, Tom Pryor, William Rogers, and Randall Sutherland.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Celia Miller Scholarship Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, PO Box 368, Bruce, MS 38915.

Lee Childers
RIPLEY – Lee Earl Childers, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1939, to Earl Childers and Ruby Shelby Childers. He was a Baptist and worked as a fork lift operator for Woodcraft.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Perry Reed officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Mitchell Childers and Daniel Childers, both of Ripley; one grandson, Jake Childers (Patty) of Ripley; one great-granddaughter, Jettie Grace Childers of Ripley; four sisters, Doris Williford (Jimmy), Dorthy Ketchum (John), all of Ripley, Connie Rahija (John) of Tavernier, Fla., and Betty Jo Lamberth (Steve) of Savannah, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be Gary Huddleston, Chris Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Vernon Reed, Brian Moffitt, and Randy Criswell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Hall Childers; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituary on-line and sign guest book, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Linda Wright
ABERDEEN – Linda Kaye Duke Wright, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. The funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.
Boris Ard
OXFORD – Boris Wayne Ard, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at his home. He was a retired self-employed carpenter. He was born in Pontotoc, and was a veteran of World War II where he served his country in the U.S. Navy serving as a Seaman First Class. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the VFW.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Ard Melancon of Bartlett, Tenn. and Mavis Ard Hovious of Oxford; his son, Chester “Joe” Ard of Peachtree City, Ga.; two sisters, Mavis Shettles of Memphis, Tenn. and Dorothy Neil Goolsby of New Albany; one brother, Howard Ard of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Mills Ard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the U.S. Navy is being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For further information or to sign and online guest registry please visit our website: www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Orville Rodgers
TUPELO – Orville Kenneth Rodgers, 71, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Tupelo on May 30, 1940, to Orville Doyle and Betty Pauline Johnston Rodgers. He liked to spend time with his family and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed fishing with his grandsons, Joshua and Curtis.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Priceville Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Hester officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Della Jane Cunnigham Rodgers; two children, Betty Lou Wiley and Curtis Rodgers; nine grandchildren, Joshua Rodgers of Tupelo, Curtis,Tabatha Ann, Kandy Ann, Cody and Casey Rodgers, Carl and Allen Dewayne Wiley and Camry Rhyne; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Orville F. Rodgers; one sister; and one brother. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Eloise Swain
FULTON – Eloise D. Swain, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born May 21, 1919, in Mississippi to Walter and Sederia Johnson Griffin. She was a teacher. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and cooking. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, David (Malinda) Swain of Fulton, Keith (Nona) Swain of Starkville; one daughter, Kay Mann of Gulfport; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buster Swain; one sister, Lurelle Spencer; two brothers, Hassel Griffin and Wyatt Griffin.
Visistation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Viola Felts
TUPELO – Viola Felts, 95, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the Traceway Retirement Village. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Russellville, Ky. She retired after 45 years in the restaurant and catering business. She was the owner and operator of Felts Finer Foods Restaurant in Russellville, Ky.
Survivors include two daughters, Claire Herndon of Tupelo and Bonnie McCredie of Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Martha Richardson of Tullahoma, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Burt Pettis of Albuquerque, N.M. and Leslie Pettis Barry of Columbus; one great-grandson, Autry Barry of Columbus.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist church, 277 S. Main Street, Russellville, KY 42276. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Robert Middleton Sr.
CORINTH – Robert Aubrey Middleton Sr., 69, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was an active member of Rocky Springs United Methodist Church and a retired construction engineer. He loved Mississippi State football and was a member of the Bulldog Club.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by the Rev. Robert Armstrong and Andrew Rogers. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Middleton of Corinth; his mother, Ruth Pittman Middleton of Winona; one son, Robert Aubrey Middleton, Jr. (Beth) of Birmingham, Ala.; one daughter, Deborah White of Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, James Harold Middleton of Winona; one sister, Carol Middleton Richardson of Columbus; and four grandchildren, Robert Aubrey Middleton, III, William Oliver Middleton, William Andrew Rogers, and Courtney Paige Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Aubrey Middleton; and his father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Carson.
Pallbearers will be Charles Carson, Sam Tull, Sam Kemp, W.T. Carson, Richard Atkins, and Keith Nichols.
Visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, 708 Ash St., Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Hardin
TUPELO – Evelyn Woods Hardin, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at her home. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
Quay Moore
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Quay Moore, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMilllan Funeral Home.
William Gunn
RIPLEY – William Monroe Gunn, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at his home. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.