By NEMS Daily Journal
HOULKA – James E. Hamilton, 52, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the Trace Regional Medical Center in Houston. A native of Houlka, he was born to Willie Sam and Louise Hamilton. He loved to play basketball.
Serrvices will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Church of God in Christ in Houston with Elder Glenn Huggins officiating. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two sisters, Betty Lou (Leroy) Pulliam and Betty (Larry) McCallister, both of Houlka; and one brother, Willie Lee Hamilton of Beloit, Wis.
Vistation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOULKA – Josephine Hill Gordon, 86, died Wednesday, June 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Houlka, she was the daughter of Author and Dessie Hill. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved to cook big dinners for family. She also loved traveling and gardening. She was the widow of Moses Beaty and Richard Gordon.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Pontotoc. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by five daughters , Pearlie Beaty and Eula (Sammie) Buchanan, both of Beloit, Wis., Dorothy (Raymond) Eubanks of Pontotoc, Birthale Archie of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Bessie Talton of Houlka; two sons, Melvin (Marie) Beaty of Kenoshia, Wis. and Jessie Gordon of Beloit, Wis.; a special daughter, Cheryl Trammel of Beloit, Wis.; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., also at the funeral home.
GUYS, Tenn. – Shirley Lavon Toomer, 72, died Friday July 1, 2011, at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Little Zion M.B. Church. Burial will be in St. Rest Cememtery in Guys, Tenn. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
EUPORA – C.H. Fulce, 78, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Wood Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Thomas Emmett Renfro Jr., 87, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Feb. 24, 1924, in Monroe County, he was a son of Cora Atkins and Thomas Emmett Renfro Sr.
Mr. Renfro was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, Class of 1941. After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Mr. Renfro worked in the family sawmill business, farmed during the summers and retired as a welder with Babcock and Wilcox. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. A good husband and father, Mr. Renfro loved his family and was a very giving person. He was a member of the American Legion, enjoyed listening to Gospel music and watching wrestling on television. A hardworking man, he enjoyed being outdoors cutting pulpwood and timer.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Jean Miller Renfro of Greenwood Springs; daughter, Jody Jones of Pontotoc; son, Tommy Renfro (Karen) of Greenwood Springs; granddaughter, Amanda Hill and great-grandson, Shawn Renfro of Greenwood Springs; and special friends, Jackie McNeese, Roger Colburn and Gene Tipton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Phil Jones.
A private family graveside service was held on Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Sartor Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Ste. 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Willie James amp”Puddinamp” Sadler, 70, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Pontotoc County to Willie Sadler and Annie Lou Thomas. Willie had a passion for music, and he loved to sing. He was united in Holy matrimony to Dora Mae Elzie in 1965.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Poplar Spring C.M.E. Church in Shannon with the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six children, Dorothy Sadler, Cynithia Sadler, Ronnie Sadler and Randy Sadler, all of Detroit, Mich., Margaret Sadler of Tupelo and Connie Hinds of Verona; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy (Otha) Miller of Shannon; three brothers, the Rev. H.B.(Daisy) Sadler of Plantersville, Albert (Atlene) Reed of Villa Ridge, Ill. and Frank (Earlene) Reed of Chicago, Ill.; a special uncle, Elijah (Earlene) Thomas of Pontotoc; two special nieces, Tara (Byron) Rodgers of Saltillo and Janice (Ray) Johnson of Verona; two special nephews, Kelvin Miller of Shannon and Jeffrey Sadler of Tupelo; six aunts and three uncles of Houston and Mantee; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his stepfather, Albert Reed.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandson.com.
VINA, Ala. – Johnny Ray “John Dog” Davis, 52, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at his home. He was a former employee of Tiffin Motor Homes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Mike Franklin and Bro. Scott Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Carol Davis of Vina; four sons, Corey Davis (Kristen) of Dennis, Wesley Childers, Evan Childers (Susan) and Eddie Dees, all of Vina; two daughters, Brittany Davis of Red Bay and LaDava Davis of Vina; two grandchildren, Bryson Davis and Skyler Childers; three brothers, Jerry Lee Davis and Jeffery Davis, both of Tupelo and Michael Davis (Cindy) of Fulton; three sisters, Anita Cantrell (Earl) of Hodges, Mary Jo Stockton (Johnny) of Golden and Jennifer Trulove of Tupelo; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Vela Rae Presley Davis.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home in Red Bay.
ETTA – Homer F. Stepp, 80, of the Pinedale Community, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
CALHOUN CITY – Mary Kathryn Baker, 70, died July 3, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born March 14, 1941, in Calhoun County. She was a member of First Baptist Church Calhoun City. She was a personal care sitter and a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma with Dr. Buford Usry officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Peters of Cabot, Ark. and Marie Wright and husband, Sterlin of Calhoun City; one grandchild, Austin Wright of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Hansel and Josie Coker Webb; and her brother, Sidney Walton Webb.
Pallbearers were Bobby Webb, James Webb, Sammy Webb, Austin Wright and Sterlin Wright.
Honorary pallbearer was Robert Ed Boland.
Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BOONEVILLE – Willa Dean “Sam” Horn, 69, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Prentiss County to L.B. and Elvia Brown Moorman. She was a dietician at Longwood Nursing and Rahabilitation Center, and she was a member of Hill Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed fishing, flowers and hummingbirds.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will be in Walden Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Tim Holloway (special friend, Jane Hooper) of Booneville; two daughters, Mary Tennyson (Jim) and Denise McGaughy (Chris), all of Booneville; a brother, Luther Moorman (Joan) of Booneville; six sisters, Delma McKinney, Fredia Whitley, Joe Jones, Mary King (Sonny), Sue Jones (Dalton) and Juanita Beard (Cleston), all of Booneville; two stepdaughters, Euvon Byrd (Arthur) and Sheila Russell (Jerry); 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver, Marsha Richardson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Horn on March 5, 2005; her parents; two sisters, Moise McKinney and Delphia Stites; two brothers, S.L. Moorman and U.L. Moorman; and two great-granddaughters, Paula Holloway and Savannah Holloway.
Pallbearers are Bobby Hamby, Cody Hamby, Anthony Tennyson, Neil King, Don Beard and Anthony Hooper.
MYRTLE – William Glenn “Bill” Gaskins Sr., 84, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at his home in Myrtle. He was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Memphis to Glenn and Lillian Gaskins. He was a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired real estate appraiser for Equitable Life. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting and fishing. He loved and was loved by his family and his grandchildren. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ray Manning officiating. Burial will be Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Bryant Gaskins of Myrtle; two daughters, Shelley Gaskins Jackson of Knoxville, Tenn. and Melissa Gaskins Rorie (Ricky) of New Albany; two sons, William Glenn Gaskins Jr. (Terri) of Knoxville, Tenn. and Thomas K. Gaskins (Deb) of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Harold Bryant, Mike Manning, Billy Clayton, Billy Metts, Jimmy Dale Baker and Bobby Pickett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harmony Baptist Church,
In honor of Mr. Gaskins, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – J.T. Jackson, 65, of Booneville, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at his home. J.T. was born to Elton and Mary Jackson on March 2, 1946. He was a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Stevie Carter and Rick Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Old Mormon Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Jackson; his mother, Mary Jackson of Booneville; one daughter, Ronda Laine Moon (Darrell) of Corinth; two sons, Michael Jackson and Jason Jackson (Sandy), both of Booneville; eight sisters, Lois Bailey and DeMois Gallahar, both of Tishomingo, Linda Bostick of Philadelphia, Patricia Thornton of Marietta, Pam Jackson and Anita Hardin, both of Red Bay, Ala., Delorse Hester and Paula Jackson, both of Vina, Ala.; one brother, Phillip Wayne Jackson of Belmont; a special niece, Theresa Moore (Adam) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Hayley Jackson, Jeb Thomas Jackson, Abby Gray, Carrigan Thompson and Brandon Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Tony Jackson.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at HYPERLINK amp”http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.comamp” www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Aileene Wilemon Davis, 90, died Monday, July 4, 2011 at Scott-Del Cottage Assisted Living Home in Booneville where she had made her home the last 4 years. Mrs. Davis was born in Prentiss County on January 17, 1921, the oldest of 11 children of Dewey Wilemon and Maggie Brumley Wilemon. A lifelong Prentiss Countian, Mrs. Davis was a seamstress for many years with Blue Bell and Masterson’s Garment Company. “Miss” Aileene was a special Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend to many. A master homemaker, she was noted for her large gardens and flowers at her home near Hobo Station. Her cooking was legendary and her commitment to family and friends meant you would always go home with frozen and canned goods from her garden. She also enjoyed sewing and tending to the needs of her family including helping her late husband, Gernice, with the family farming activities. As matriarch of the Wilemon family, she doted over her siblings and their children as if they were her own. Aileene loved Christmas time and kept the same Christmas Tree all year long in her home for over 30 years She was a devoted Christian lady who enjoyed reading her Bible and participating in the activities of her Church, Martin Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She had a great passion for Southern Gospel Singing and was known to frequent singings all over North Mississippi.
Services will be at 11 AM Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at the Chapel of McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Rick Bowling and Bro. Rick Tucker officiating. Her special family friend, Rep. Steve Holland will deliver the eulogy. Private burial will be in the Davis Family Plot at Martin Hill Cemetery.
Holland Funeral Directors, assisted by McMillan of Booneville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her son: Harmon Davis and his wife, Jeanna of Marietta; her grandchildren: Nick Davis (Maria) of Booneville, Angela Moorman of Guntown and Shawna Smith (Michael) of Booneville. 8 great grandchildren: Keira, Dakota, Alysia, , Bree, Ava Kate, Rhett, Clarke and Greir. Two sisters who provided special care: Maxine Barnes (Freddy) and Jean Barnes (Bill) all of Booneville. 5 brothers: Dewey Wilemon (Azena) of Booneville, Bud Wilemon (Patti) of Cordova, Tenn, Ronald Wilemon (Brenda) of Memphis and Paul Wilemon (Glenda) of La Mesa, California. Her sisters in law: Linda Monk Wilemon of Booneville and Margie Wilemon of Memphis. A God grandson, McKinley Holland of Planterville. Numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gernice on Dec. 29, 1995, her son, Charles L. “Chuck” Davis on Nov. 11, 2001, a grandson, Scott Davis on Aug. 9, 2008, three brothers: Cecil, Elton and Clyde Wilemon and two sisters in law: Christine and Nell Wilemon.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5PM-8PM today (Tue. 7/5/2011) at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville and from 10 AM-service time there on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the Prentiss County Chapter of Gideons International, P.O. Box 762, Booneville, MS. 38829. Condolences may be e mailed to email@example.com
AMORY – Billy Wayne Cummings, 65, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on June 2, 1946, in Amory, he was a son of Bilbo and Madie Cox Cummings.
Billy was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1964. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. Billy was a maintenance worker with TRI in Tupelo. He was of the Baptist faith. Billy cherished time spent with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Having a gentle nature and one who enjoyed being outdoors, Billy loved to fish, play golf and listen to Country music.
He is survived by his brothers, Tommy Cummings of Aberdeen and Ernest Cummings of Amory; nieces and nephews, Stephanie Cummings, SSgt. Matthew Cummings of the U.S. Army and Dina, Tami and Greg Cummings; and special friends, Rylee Parham, Eli Cummings, and Ty Richards.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Cummings.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Parish, Bobby Harper, Bobby Cox, Ed Cox, Mike Brasfield and Jason Edwards.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Richard Mayes, 66, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
ABERDEEN – Hermon Hansel Hill, 89, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born on Dec. 29, 1921, in the Athens Community of Monroe County, he was a son of Arthur Guy and Annie Mae Hilliard Hill.
Mr. Hill was a graduate of Becker High School, Class of 1941. Leaving Mississippi State College (Mississippi State University) during his freshmen year for the U.S. Army, he honorably served his country as a Sergeant in the 10th Weather Squadron during World War II. Returning to school, Mr. Hill graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from MSU in 1948. On Nov. 14, 1948, he married Ann Potts. Spending most of his professional career in various towns in Arkansas, he was an engineer with the Soil Conservation Service for 33 years, retiring in 1980, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While in Arkansas, Mr. Hill was extremely active in the Lions Club of DeWitt, Ark., where he enjoyed the fellowship of the club, was a Mason and a member of the American Legion Post.
Moving back to Monroe County in 1981, Mr. Hill worked part-time at the Monroe County Airport. An active member of Greenbrier United Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher. A history buff, who enjoyed reading, Mr. Hill was very knowledgeable and would have been an excellent teacher in this subject. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music, enjoyed working, spending time with his pets and working in his garden.
He is survived by his daughters, Belinda Russell (Gary) of New Albany and Karen Williams (John) of Andover, Kan.; son, Charles Hill of Pearl; grandchildren, Jason Pannell (Katie) and Jamie Baker (Matt), both of Tupelo, Drew and Peyton Hill of Chapel Hill, N.C., Thomas Williams of Lawrence, Kan., and Jonathan Williams IV of Houston, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah Baker and John and Elizabeth Pannell, all of Tupelo.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Potts Hill on Nov. 15, 2007.
A celebration of life service, with military honors, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Drew Hill, Jimmy Ashley, Clinton “Bo” Hill, Jason Pannell, Matt Baker and Mark Ashley.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Greenbrier United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 292, Becker, MS 38825.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
DUMAS – Janie Mae Thornton Hill, 85, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Aug. 25, 1925, to Carl Thornton and Beulah Hogue Thornton. She was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. Ms. Hill was a homemaker and a retired seamtress from Tippah County Hospital. Ms. Hill cut out and painted bird houses and any wood work. She loved gardening, and she was a master at quilting. She was an artist. Her most enjoyable past-time was spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Services will be at 2 p.m Wednesday at Dumas Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Hudson, Bro. Michael Baker and Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Johnny Hill (Gail) of Dumas; four grandchildren, Brad Hill (Klancy), Tim Johnson, Kelly Hill Fryar (Shane) and Abby Hill Roberts (Colby), all of Dumas; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl Thornton Jr. (Linda) of Barlett, Tenn. and James Thornton (Bernice) of Olive Branch; and special neighbors, Chris and Chasity Street.
Pallbearers will be Brad Hill, Tim Johnson, Shane Fryar, Colby Roberts, David Thornton and Jimmy Thornton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rae Hill; her parents; and one daughter, Janice Grace Hill Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until service time Wednesday, all at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
FRANKSTOWN – Finnon L. King, 92, died July 3, 2011, at the U.S. Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a retired farmer, shop foreman at Prather Auto, Baldwyn Police Department, Bank of Mississippi and retired manager of the Baldwyn-Booneville Airport. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an Air force Veteran of WWII. He served as an instrument engineer and mechanical technician. He flew on several bomber missions while serving overseas.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Coggins officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Donnie King (Joan) of Vidalia, Ga.; one daughter, Pamela Brinkley (Adlai) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren David King (Missy), Kevin King (Jennifer), Christina Stribling, Hannah Stribling, Jody Hobbs; and great-grandchildren, Koty King and Kala King.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Nellie Morgan King; his wife, Avie Chittom King; and his daughter, Doris King.
Pallbearers will be Richard Stribling, Tony Stribling, Bob Arnold, Larry Powell, Joe Wayne Garner and Jimmy Short.
EGGVILLE – Katherine E. Fountain, 65, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A Meridian native, she was born Feb. 26, 1946, to Robert and Louise Nolen Hipps. She was a member of Eggville Free Will Baptist Church, where she served as the church organist for the past 10 years. For the past two and half years, she worked for The Sanctuary Hospice House as an L.P.N. Animals held a special place in her heart, especially her cat, “Snookiums” and her Chow, “Jake.”
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eggville Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Gann officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Harmon Fountain of Mooreville; four daughters, Beth Jorgensen of Mobile, Ala., Dena Bond of Vero Beach, Fla., Tina Adams (David) of Fort Pierce, Fla. and Monica Taylor (Jarred) of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sons, Robbie Watford (Tanya) of Niles, Mich. and Josh Melton of Fort Pierce, Fla.; two sisters, Leona Ramey (Terry) of Eggville and Robyn Poppelreiter (Tony) of Saltillo; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Horton, Terry Ramey, Caleb Ramey, Tony Poppelreiter, Jeremy Poppereiter and Jim Creason.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Preston Booker Farr, 65, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at his home. He was born July 14, 1945, in New Albany to Gaston Boyd Farr and Clara Lee Boatner Farr. He drove for Kimberly Clark for 12 years and Merchants Truck Line for four years before starting his own business in New Albany called All Type Fence Company which later became Riverside Traffic System, Inc. He was a life member of Masonic Rocky Ford Lodge in Etta and a 32 degree Scottish Rite member at Corinth. He was also a member of Hamasa Shriner International in Meridian. He was a member of the Cornersville Baptist Church, but he was currently attending West Tallahatchie Baptist Church. Booker was known by all for his giving and loving heart and was always available to offer his love, support and advice.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Malcolm Brock and the Rev. Louie Williams officiating. Burial will be in Cornersville Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Brock Farr of New Albany; a son, David Boyd Farr of Myrtle; three stepdaughters, Valerie Carter (Mike) of New Albany, Angela Shirley (Jim) of Myrtle and Bridgette Kent (Jake) of Myrtle; a stepson, Chris Brock (Julie) of Myrtle; a sister, Sandra Kay Russell of Myrtle; a sister-in-law, Sandra Fair Wall (Mike) of Madison; a brother, Billy Joe Farr (Hattie) of Myrtle; three brothers-in-law, Henry Fair (Debbie), Freddie Fair and Jon Fair (Angela), all of Myrtle; a grandson, Gaston Blake Farr of Ripley; eight step grandchildren, Brock and Benjamin Carter, Jacob, Savannah and C.J. Shirley, Bella Brock, Andrew Childers and Joshua Kent; and several special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Charlsie Murphree Farr; a son, Charles Marty Farr; a sister, Sarah Farr Nix; and a brother, Bobby Eugene Farr.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Coffey, Milton Coffey, Durrell Potts, Ernie Fuller, Allen Goudy, Larry Koon, Richard Crisel, Ray Boatner and James Stout.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Riverside Traffic Systems.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Macedonia Baptist Church from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.