By NEMS Daily Journal
IUKA – Iuka lost one of its most respected citizens, Robert Lee “Bob” Brown Jr., on Monday, July 4, 2011. Born Aug. 2, 1928, and reared in the small Delta town of Sledge, Miss., Mr. Brown graduated from Mississippi State University in 1949 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He met and married Bettye Ruth Jourdan of Iuka in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. The couple subsequently moved to the hills of Tishomingo County where Mr. Brown established Brown Insurance Agency in Iuka, thus beginning a long career as a businessman. He served on the Board of Directors of Iuka Guaranty Bank and was a partner in the J.C. Jourdan Lumber Company.
Mr. Brown was an active member of Iuka United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities. Other civic endeavors include Iuka Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow and Friends of the Iuka Library. Philanthropy was an important part of Bob’s life, evidenced in his support of many local causes, such as Iuka Heritage, Inc., the organization that successfully raised funds to purchase and maintain “The Little White (Episcopal) Church,” Angel Tree and Boys and Girls Club of Iuka.
In years past Bob enjoyed competitive skeet shooting, dove hunting and playing golf, but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren play and grow. A favorite part of his daily routine was attending the 9:35 a.m. Coffee Club.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee (Connie Sullivan) Brown of Sledge and a beloved daughter, Beth. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bettye Jourdan Brown; a son, Robert Lee “Bob-O” Brown, III and wife, Debbie, of Iuka; a daughter, Barbara Jim Brown Turner and husband, Bill, of Oxford; five grandchildren, Robert Brown of Sarasota, Fla., Clinton Brown and wife, Deidre, of Starkville, Brown Turner, Van Turner and Tal Turner, all of Oxford; and one great-granddaughter, Darby Brown of Starkville.
Pallbearers are L.O. Bishop, Clinton Brown, Robert Brown, Ben Gaines, Tony Gaines, David Jourdan, D.O. Jourdan, III and Gene Jourdan. Honorary Pallbearers are Dr. Al Flannery, Calvin Seay and James Belue, as well as members of the 9:35 a.m. Coffee Club and Iuka Rotary Club. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements where visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, July 6, 2011. Funeral services will be held at Iuka United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev. Jon Kaufman will officiate at the service. The family requests that memorials be made to Iuka United Methodist Church, 101 E. Eastport St., Iuka, MS 38852 or Iuka Heritage, Inc., P.O. Box 165, Iuka, MS 38852.
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 four years. Mrs. Davis was born in Prentiss County on Jan. 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 area garment factories. “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 a.m. today, 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; eight great-grandchildren, Keira, Dakota, Alicia, Bree, Ava Kate, Rhett, Clarke and Greir; two sisters who provided special care, Maxine Barnes (Freddy) and Jean Barnes (Bill) all of Booneville; five brothers, Dewey Wilemon (Azena) of Booneville, Bud Wilemon (Patti) of Cordova, Tenn., Ronald Wilemon (Brenda) and Donald (Ruth), both of Memphis and Paul Wilemon (Glenda) of La Mesa, Calif.; her sisters-in-law, Linda Mock Wilemon of Booneville and Margie Wilemon of Memphis; a God grandson, McKinley Holland of Planterville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gernice on Dec. 30, 1995; her son, Charles L. “Chuck” Davis on Nov. 11, 2001; a grandson, Scott Davis on Sept. 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 10 a.m. until service time today at McMillan Funeral Home. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABERDEEN – Stephanie Sims Smith, 53, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at her home. She was born March 21, 1958, to Robert A. Sims and Oteria Miller Sims. She received her education from Monroe County schools and Itawamba Community College. She was a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church. She was a former employee of the N.B.C. Bank, the Bank of Okolona, the Examiner and the Okolona elementary school.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Union Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Perry Carr officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Robert Sims; two sons, Charlie C. Smith Jr., and Jordan Kyle Smith, both of Aberdeen; one sister, Bridget S. Hall (Thomas) of Huntsville, Ala.; two brothers, Larry Sims (Carmella) of Prairie and Ronald Sims (Sonya) of Hazelhurst; and one grandchild, Mason Kyle Smith.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her husband, Charlie C. Smith; and her grandparents, Willie and Lillie Mae Sims and Joe and Mary Miller.
Visitation will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Kamari Stoby died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
ETTA – Homer Franklin Stepp, 80, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born May 13, 1931, to Lee and Francis Stepp. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and also served in Germany, Korea, Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Keith Stepp (Yong), Karl Stepp (Gayle) and Karen Wiseman (Roger); three stepchildren, Arlena Sullivan, Gail Fraiser and Gary Humphries; two grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; one brother, James Stepp (Flora); one sister, Doris Sweet (Bill); and 13 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene; one sister, Opal Graves; and one nephew, Don Stepp.
Pallbearers will be Carlton Robbins, Eugene Dowdy, Bobby Churchill, Walter Richardson, Sam Hudson and Melvin Willard.
RIENZI – Ricky Perry, 55, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BELDEN – Amanda L. Bobbett, 72, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Monroe County to Drew McDonald and Fleebell Reese. She retired from NMMC. She was a member of Holy Temple Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Nebo C.M.E. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Carl Z. Jones officiating and Bishop G.T. Howell delivering the eugoly. Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery in Aberdeen. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include, three sons, Thurman (Sheryl) Bobbett of Jacksonville, Fla., Hurman (Ruby) Bobbett of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Earnest (Tameka) Bobbett of Plantersville; four daughters, Maxine (Clyde) Shack of St. Louis, Mo., Sarah Bobbett of Tupelo, Barbara (Talvin) Grice of Belden and Lovella Smith of Tupelo; one sister, Mariah Lue Morgan of Lyons; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.
Family and friend may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
BELDEN – Daniel Harmon “Danny” Burroughs, 57, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at his home. The son of U.S. Air Force parents, he was born in Bermuda on April 11, 1954, to G.J. and Josephine Baldwyn Burroughs. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1972, where he played football, and then attended Itawamba Junior College. He earned his Bachelors degree from Johnson Bible College. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was employed by BancorpSouth Merchant Services. His greatest joy was time spent with his family. An avid Ole Miss Football fan, he also enjoyed music, riding four-wheelers, camping, fishing and traveling. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Judy Burroughs of Belden; his children, Scott Burroughs and fianceampé, Mayce Yeager, of Tupelo and Kimberly Burroughs Swan (Justin) of Smithville; his stepchildren, Jason Miller, Mandy Smith (John) and Maggie Miller, all of Tupelo; his mother, Josephine Baldwyn Burroughs of Tupelo; three sisters, Janice Meguire (Pat) of Tupelo, Judy Burroughs Williams (Clete) of Hamilton, Ala., and Misty Haire (Chris) of Ashville, N.C.; his brother, Kenny Burroughs (Vonda) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Matt Swan, Gabby Swan and Addison Smith; and his nieces and nephews, Stephanie Coon, P.J. Meguire, Cate Burroughs, Clair Burroughs, Bo Burroughs, Brittany Haire and Anna Grace Haire.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Burroughs; and his grandparents, Tim and Ola Mae Burroughs and Hubbard and Essie Baldwyn.
Pallbearers will be Mike Griffin, Mike Hare, Leslie Brand, Andy Creely, Gid Stuckey and Artie Prater.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rod Counce, Brian McCutchen and Dan Prater.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Missions ministry of First Baptist Church, 300 N. Church St., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Sherry Walker Gillespie, 41, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Shady Grove Abbott M.B. Church with Rev. Willie T. Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Ollie Ophelia Herod-Vaughn, 74, died Friday, July 1, 2011, in Oxford.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Springfield M.B. Church in Abbeville with Jerry Malone officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with family hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
HOUSTON – Bernice Graham, 83, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Yazoo City.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Chapel Grove West in Okolona with Lendale Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Family hour will begin at noon today at the church.
AMORY – Susie Vick Mann, 80, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born Feb. 19, 1931, in the Parham Community of Monroe County to Eli and Alvie West Vick. She attended Parham Community Schools. On Sept. 25, 1947, she married Lee L. Mann. She worked as a seamstress in the local garment industry, retiring in 1979. She was of the Church of God faith. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she cherished time spent with her family and spoiled her grandchildren. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, crocheting and fishing.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son, Andy Mann (Ann) of Becker; sisters, Edna Jewel Mann of Aberdeen and Icelee West of Becker; brothers, Royce Vick of Orlando, Fla., and Hubert Vick of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Christopher Mann of Becker, Cindy Whitt (Sam) of Shannon and Melissa Spann (Nathan) of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Anna Shaw, Austin Shaw, Caytee Spann, Taylor Mann, Jared Mann, Abby Whitt and Amanda Grace Whitt; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Gertrude Brown, Joann Graff, Margie Pace and Juanita Gray; and brothers, Henry Clay Vick and Pete Vick.
Pallbearers will be Mark Pace, Dean Mann, Mike Mann, William Vick, Sam Whitt and Larry Colburn.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SHADY GROVE – Bernard “Butch” Redicker, 63, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Selah Baptist Church in Ecru with Rev. J.W. Owen officiating.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
PONTOTOC – Lera Henderson, 93, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Mississippi native, she was born Oct. 11, 1917, to Alfred and May Henderson. In 1932, she married Chester Wilton Henderson. She was homemaker and worked for H.I.S. Manufacturing as a seamstress. She enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jason Driggers officiating. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six children, Wilton Allen Henderson of Mt. Home, Ark., Chester Vamon Henderson (Elsie) of Pontotoc, Louis Lamar Henderson (Joyce) of Scott, Ark., Rose Brooks (Jim)of Saltillo, Aubrey Henderson of Pontotoc and Lester Wayne Henderson of Little Rock, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her twin sister, Era; other sisters, Lorene and Ona; and her brothers, Lester, Ottie, Cortis, Stanley, Bill, Moody and Johnny.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SNOW LAKE – Michael Shawn Ramos, 43, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, in Snow Lake.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Ill. Burial will be in Malden Cemetery in Malden, Ill. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Garland Funeral Home.
AMORY – Eldora King Smith, 73, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Pleasant Plain M.B. Church and a former employee of Indian Creek and Foamette.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Springs M.B. Church in Houston with Rev. Cockrell officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Bradie Crape and Mamie King, both of Aberdeen; one brother, Billy Simmon (Essie) of Tupelo; and three nieces and nephews, Peter (Denise) Crape, Charles King and Barbara (Earnest) Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.