Obituaries January 4, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Billy Killian
AMORY – Kenneth Sandy “Billy” Killian, 85, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 4, 1926, to Walter Elbert Killian Sr. and Nora Sandy Killian in Monroe County.
Bill was a 22-year veteran of the United States Navy. He retired to Monroe County in 1968 and worked at Conoco/DuPont/Vista for almost 20 years before retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Aberdeen Church of Christ and cherished his church family.
Bill was a generous, caring and compassionate man who was willing to give someone the shirt off of his back even if it meant going without one for himself. He loved his family, church and his home at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory.
Mr. Killian leaves a legacy of integrity, loyalty and faithfulness in every aspect of his life and was a fine example of a Christian man. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 11 a. m. today, Jan. 4, 2012, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Killian and wife, Margie, of Kosciusko and Andy Killian and wife, Susan, of Amory; eight grandchildren, Tonya Killian, Kenny Killian (Tara), Melissa Killian, Emily Killian, Meaghan Killian, Jennifer Hutson (Cody), Amy Killian (Luke Summerford) and Kathy Killian; six great-grandchildren, Austin, Tiana, Samuel, Andrea, Landon and Jacob.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Terry Mae Cantrell Killian; his parents, Walter Elbert Killian Sr. and Nora Sandy Killian; two brothers, William Andrew Killian and Walter Elbert Killian Jr.; three sisters, Mildred Roberts, Dorothy Howell and Sarah Agnes Fitzgerald; one great-grandson, Jonathan Abel Killian.
Pallbearers will be Cody Hutson, Luke Summerford, Kenny Killian, and deacons of Aberdeen Church of Christ.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Sara Mohundro
GRENADA – Sara Keith Mohundro, 93, formerly of Memphis, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Grace Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grenada. She was born on April 8, 1918, in Tippah County to Haston and Ethel Wright Keith. She was a homemaker and a member of the Colonial Baptist Church in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church near Walnut with Bro. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Hebron Church Cemetery. National Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann McCoy (Bob) of Grenada and Judy Bailey of Olive Branch; one sister, Frankie Cross of Faulkner; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Richard Howard Mohundro; one daughter, Ruby Bell; and one brother, J.Y. Keith.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Audie Causey
TUPELO – Audie Sullivan Causey, 84, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Ms. Causey was born Sept. 3, 1927, to Mark and Tennie Sullivan of Nettleton.
A private parlor service will be at 11 a.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Ben Raper officiating. Private burial will follow in Providence Cemetery in Nettleton. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Towery of Guntown; two grandchildren, Tonya Killough of Mooreville and Stephen Towery of Guntown; five great-grandchildren, Brandy, Micheal, Kara and Hayden Killough, and Shawn Lucas Towery; one sister, Annie Ellis Nichols of Richmond community; a special nephew, Eddie Sullivan of Tupelo; special friends and caregivers, Gwen and Billy Joe Holland of Plantersville.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Ricky Causey; a grandson, Matthew Killough; one sister; and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Towery, Eddie Sullivan, Billy Joe Holland, Steve Holland, Chip Cole and Mitchell Killough.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Noel Harmon
AMORY – Noel William Harmon, 71, died on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Born on Dec. 20, 1940, in Tupelo, he was a son of the late Orville and Dorothy Drake Harmon. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1958. He married Martha Jo Carroll on Dec. 31, 1985. Before retiring in 2004, he was a photographer who owned and operated Photo Connection. A member of North Boulevard Christian Church, he served as a deacon and a soloist until becoming disabled. Kind-hearted, his life was centered around his faith and family, especially his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed working in the yard, gardening, landscaping and gospel music, in particular The Gaithers and the Crabb Family.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at North Boulevard Christian Church with Bro. Ferman Anderson, Bro. Eddie Harlow and Bro. Billy Lansdell officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jo Carroll Harmon of Amory; daughter, Amy Pennington (Eddie) of Amory; sons, Eddie Harlow (Karin) of Saltillo and Toby Harlow (Diana) of Fulton; brother, Neil Harmon of Colorado; grandchildren, Blake and Austin Pennington, Kelly, Chelsey, Caitlin and Jerzy Harlow, Kristen Williams and Will Harlow; and a special friend, Frank Smith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Harmon; grandson, Braiden Pennington; and special friend, Edgar Howell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie and Toby Harlow, Eddie Pennington and Frank Smith.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to North Boulevard Christian Church, c/o Bro. Ferman Anderson, 905 Sanders Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
James Berryman
MANTACHIE – James Dalton Berryman, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Mantachie and Itawamba county. He was a mechanic at Super Sagless for 38 years and took early retirement to take care of his wife. He loved hunting, fishing and camping with his children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Dexter Jones and Bro. Ike Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Wilson (George) of Mantachie and Patricia Robbins (Norris) of Blue Springs; one son, Bobby Berryman of Mantachie; one sister, Christine Bunch of Mantachie; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lura Jean Berryman.
Pallbearers will be David Bunch, Michael Bunch, Paul Bunch, Nathan Christian, Glen Parrish and Bruce Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Smothers and Robert Pannell.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Sharon Wiginton
CORINTH – Sharon Rose Wiginton died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at her home.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth.
Condolences may be left at mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Ali Al-Haydari
RIPLEY – Ali Munam Daod Al-Haydari, 59, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
James McKnight
JACKSON – James Richard McKnight, 68, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in East Baton Rouge Parish, La., while working with the Louisiana State Insurance Commission. Mr. McKnight was born July 11, 1943, in Calhoun County to David and Minnie McKnigh. He graduated from Delta State University with a degree in business administration in 1965. He moved to Jackson where he provided for his family until the day he died.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Jackson with a memorial service to follow. Dr. James Shull will officiate. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra Reynolds McKnight; his son, Rick; his daughter, Leigh; two granddaughters, Brooke and Blaire; his brother Doyle; and three nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two half brothers, Wade and Sharon Clayton.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, 3000 Old Canton, Suite 110, Jackson, MS 39216.
James W. Brady
RIPLEY – James W. Brady, 87, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home in Ripley. He was born March 27, 1924, to Joel Lee Brady and Mary Artelie Rutherford Brady. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years. He worked as a service station attendant. Mr. Brady was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II as a Seaman 1st Class.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Unity Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will be in Unity Church Cemetery with military honors. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Tina “Tiny” Beavers Brady of Ripley; one daughter, Dana B. McMullen (Scott) of Myrtle; one son, Jessie Howell Brady (Deborah) of Ripley; six sisters, Doris McAlister (Larry), Joyce Bryant, Lutie Willingham (Jimmy), all of Ripley, Juanita Estridge of Enid, Helen Roberts of Falkner and Shirley Kirkland of Baytown, Texas; three brothers, Roy Brady (Mary Lou), Herman “Jeff” Brady and Travis Brady (Mary), all of Ripley; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles Brady, Benton Brady and Jesse Joe Brady; and an infant great-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Beavers, Randy Brady, Allen Brady, James Willingham, Micheal O’Neil and Terry Brady. Honorary pallbearers will be Marlin Moore, Kenneth Jones, Ryan Cook, Allen Pannell, Johnny Beavers and Michael Breedlove.
The body will be at Unity Baptist Church by noon.
To view the obituary online and sign the guestbook, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Florine Spencer
BOONEVILLE – Florine Randolph Spencer, 87, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born Aug. 8, 1924, to Elvin and Beulah Hall Randolph. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Horace Barnes, Bro. Kenneth Gentry and Bro. Arthur Miller officiating. Burial will be in Gilmores Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruby Holley and Nancy Grooms, both of Booneville; one sister, Grace (Travis) Sample of Booneville; six grandchildren, Paula Cox, Michael Butler, James Grooms, Nita Smith, Christy Edge and Cary Smith; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge “Ben” Spencer in 2000; a son, Elvin Spencer; two daughters, Wanda Spencer and Crystal Enis; one brother, Herman Randolph; and one sister, Lorine Rogers.
Pallbearers will be Michael Sample, Mitchell Sample, Mark Sample, James Grooms and Michael Butler.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Homer Norvell
ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Homer Norvell, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Muskingum County Home in Zanesville, Ohio, after an extended illness. He was born on April 27, 1921, to Chester and Etta Jones Norvell in Clover Bottom in Jackson County, Ky. He was a member of Crown Point Pentecostal Church in Ridgewood Heights, Ohio, where he frequently played the guitar and sang. In 1967 he and his wife, Geneva, moved to Zanesville and opened Beltone Hearing which later became Norvell’s Hearing. He was owner and president until 2006. Mr. Norvell was a longtime member of the Sons of Song singers. He was a loving husband and father, and remained close to his friends and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Routsong Funeral Home in Centerville, Ohio, with Rev. Bob Norvell, nephew of Mr. Norvell, officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Geneva Norvell; two sons, Merrill E. Norvell (Martha) of Belden and Bradley K. Norvell (Chris) of Zanesville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Bradley E. Norvell (Melissa) of Monks Corner, S.C., Renee’ McCown (Scott) of Amarillo, Texas, Jacob Norvell (Stephanie) of Dallas, Texas, Patrick Weatherford (Debra) of Booneville and Jennifer Curtis of Vicksburg; three sisters, Devonna Rose (Cecil), Shirley Angel and Frances Orrill; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Bicknell (Gene) and Marie McCowan (Jack); five brothers, Robert Norvell (Betty), Willard Norvell (Carmie), Alfred Norvell (Betty), Donald Ray Norvell (Alberta) and Earl Norvell (Joy).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Genesis Hospice amp& Palliative Care, 713 Forest Ave., Zanesville, OH, 43701.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.
Annie Miller
MEMPHIS – Annie Bell “Ann” Miller, 90, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. She was born Dec. 30, 1921, to Robert L. and Lula Ann Miller. She was retired from South Central Bell, where she was an operator. She was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. She enjoyed painting, golf, theater, going to the opera, being involved in politics, and she loved her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
She is survived by one nephew, Mitch (Deb) Barrett of Booneville; five nieces, Luann (George) Purnell of West Point, Susan (Chris) Benson of Hattiesburg, Betty Pace of Booneville, Linda Bryant of Dallas, Texas, and Angela (Larry) Pounds of Marietta; a host of great-nephews and great-nieces; and a special friend, Dr. Binford H. Peeples of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Horace Miller; two sisters, Maxine Green and Rachel Barnett; and her grandmother, Aravella Chittom.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Gary Love
RED BANKS – Gary Eric Love, 27, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Red Banks.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave condolences visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
George Bradford
OKOLONA – George Bradford, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Mildred Burcham
BOONEVILLE – Mildred Avo Henderson Burcham, 84, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born April 16, 1927, in Booneville. She was a homemaker, and she was a member of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, decorating and reading her Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Ben Burcham and Bro. Jim Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Burcham (Joyce) and Ben Burcham (Beverly), all of Booneville; a daughter, Judy King of Booneville; a brother, Joe Henderson (Lavern) of Booneville; two sisters, Annie Rea Michael (Alfred) and Peggy Dyer (Randy), all of Booneville; eight grandchildren, Pamela Morris (David) of Booneville, Jeff Burcham (Bridgett) of Iuka, Anthony Burcham (Lisa) of Booneville, Chris Burcham of Utah, Angela Burcham of Kansas, Amanda Garvin (Derek), Jennifer Dill (Buck), and Robbie King (Danielle), all of Booneville; 13 great-grandchildren, Jonathan Loveless, Marleah Morris, Kristin Henley, Bronson Burcham, Brandon Palmer, Erica Burcham, Blake Burcham, Deven Dill, Alex King, Max King, Tate King, Audrianna Garvin, and Aiden Garvin; three great-great-grandchildren, Alex Loveless, Bailey Williams, and Bentley Guin; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Burcham, on Aug. 12, 1998; her parents, R.C. and Daisy Saylors Henderson; and a son-in-law, Glenn King.
Pallbearers are Robbie King, Jeff Dill, Derek Garvin, Jeff Burcham, Anthony Burcham and Randy Dyer.
Honorary pallbearers are Alfred Michael and Sam Hughes.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Beverly Burcham, 88 Hwy. 30 E., Booneville, MS 38829.
Kerry Young
OXFORD – Kerry Young, 39, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Mary Weatherford
MOOREVILLE – Mary Weatherford, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Grace McDowell
TIPLERSVILLE – Grace Marie McDowell, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her home in Tiplersville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view online obituaries and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Kathy White
MANTACHIE – Kathy Wilson White, 59, daughter of Clifton and Kathryn Cockrell, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011, at West Point Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.